Five persons arrested for allegedly attacking a minister’s house

Five persons have been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly attacking the residence of the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Prof. Cladrus Daramola.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, who paraded the suspects and others on Thursday, said one green LandRover with number plate, IWA-01, was recovered as an exhibit from the suspects.

The CP stated that the suspects comprised a sergeant, formerly with the Nigerian Army, Solomon Abel; Dedeigbo Olabiyi, Raymond Anyam, Sunday Shakede and Kingsley Chijoke.

He stated that on Tuesday, November 21, at about 5.45am, a distress call was received that Daramola’s residence at the Tanke area of Ilorin was being attacked by armed robbers.

Ado said, “On receipt of the report, the command’s operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad and Safer Highway teams were alerted and directed to block all the entry and exit routes to Ilorin.”

According to him, the efforts paid off when the green LandRover with five occupants was flagged down along Ajase-Ipo Road by policemen.

He said, “On interrogation, it was discovered that the occupants were robbers that attacked the minister’s house in the Tanke area.

“The five suspects, who include a military man, were members of an inter-state armed robbery gang. They confessed to have come from Abuja to carry out the robbery operation. They will soon be charged to court.”

Also, a suspected ritual killer, Olayinka Akeem, who was arrested with seven human skulls, said he planned to use the skulls for a money ritual.

Akeem said, “We were two, but one escaped. We went to a cemetery at Igbo Owu. I am a herbalist and we wanted to use the skulls for money ritual.”

Ado said the command acted on credible intelligence to arrest Akeem along Ajase-Ipo Road on Tuesday.

The CP also paraded three suspects – Idowu Jimoh, Abdulrahman Abubakar, and Ambali Abdulganiyu – who were arrested for robbery.

But Abel, who said he was a deserter, claimed that he did not know that the Jeep was stolen.

He said, “I acted as an escort tof the vehicle; I did not know that it was a stolen vehicle.”

Olabiyi said he was involved in the attack on the minister’s house because of hardship.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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