Kogi State Police Command yesterday arrested and paraded an 80-year-old man, Momoh Rapheal along with 14 others for different robbery cases.
Other suspects paraded by the command yesterday are Saka Isah, Illiyasu Danjuma, Momoh Sani Danga, Idris Alhaji, Aliyu Fatai, Adamu Umar, Abdullahi Adamu and Ikechuckwu Godfrey.
Parading the suspects at the State police Headquarter, the State Commissioner for Police, Muhammed Kastina said the 80-year-old man along with five others, Oluwaseun Ikupeleye, Saliyu Mumuni, Ayodele Adeyemi, Kayode Matthew and Ajibade Silas were responsible for snatching a royal father’s and a local government public relation officer vehicles.
According to the CP, the 5 man gang on 24th December, 2012 attacked and dispossessed a royal father, Chief Akin Obamero of Okedayo Kabba of his N900, 000 and two handsets and also attacked Hon. Ayo Kayode, the PRO of Kabba/bunu Local Government and dispossessed him of his Honda car with registration number BP 177 FKJ, the sum of N16, 000 and two handsets.
Kastina said the Police Special Ambush Squad working on intelligence report apprehended the gang which confessed to be in partner with the 80-year-old man who serves as the gang’s armourer, custodian and suppliers of arms and ammunition.
Momoh Rapheal, it was further explained, specializes in selling the arms and ammunition which he purchases from Ibadan, Oyo state to the gang.
Two members of the gang were ex – convicts recently release from jail. Oluwaseun Ikupeleye was recently release on bail and standing trial on criminal conspiracy and armed robbery while Mumuni Salihu was convicted for rape but was granted amnesty.
One of the robbers, Ikechukwu Godfrey from Porthacourt who was arrested with a stolen Golf car with registration number AN 749 RUM while on transit in the State said he was prompted by “spirit” to indulge in crime.
Items recovered from the armed robbers are one AK47 rifles, one double barrel short gun, three single barrel guns, five pistols, fifty six 7.62 mm ammunitions, 14 life cartridges, charms, six handsets, Honda accord saloon car, Vento golf car, one boxer motorcycle, TV set, DVD player, mattresses, DSTV decoder Stereo set and cutlasses.