The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a middle-aged man who appeared to be a lunatic in Akure, the state capital, on Monday with 18 Automated Teller Machine cards of different banks and some cash in his possession.
The suspect, who was said to be in his 30s, was arrested in the Ijapo area of the capital city by the residents of the area.
They later handed him over to policemen in the Ijapo Police Station, saying they suspected him to be an armed robber disguising like a mad person.
According to a source, some residents of the area have been observing him (suspect) roaming around the streets and suspecting him to be using his appearance to deceive the people in the area.
On Monday, the source said the suspect was accosted by the residents, but his explanation was not tenable as he was reportedly incoherent while responding to the different questions put to him. He was arrested and handed over to the police.
The source said an undisclosed sum of money made up of different denominations was found on him and he could not explain how and where he got the money from.
The source said, “After carefully looking at the man, we discovered that he was a normal human being. How could a mad man be counting a huge sum of money and also has different ATM cards belonging to different people in his possession?”
Some valuables, including jewellery and neat clothes were also said to be inside the bag the suspect was carrying.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the suspect would undergo some medical tests to ascertain his mental status.
He said, “We don’t want to presume that he is a mad man yet. There are medical tests he needs to undergo for us to believe him. We asked for his name, but he spoke incoherently to show he is insane. We have to do the test.
“If he is found to be a robber as it is being speculated, he will face the wrath of the law.”
Joseph commended the residents of the Ijapo area for their vigilance.
He urged the people of the state to always be vigilant and report any case of suspected criminality to the police.