By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Detectives of the Ekiti State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a couple, Mr. Ajayi Opeyemi and his wife, Asake Opeyemi, who specialize in burglary in the state.
The couple who are residents of Aramoko-Ekiti were arrested in the community by the police, who recovered stolen goods estimated at about N3 million naira from the wife’s shop.
Speaking on the arrest, the Commissioner for Police in the state, Mr. Dare Ogundare, said the suspects were arrested in Eyin-Ogbe quarters, Aramoko-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti West local government area of the state by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the command.
The police boss who described the couple as serial burglars, said they were arrested at a criminal hideout in the community, following a credible information from the residents of the area.
He explained that the duo have burgled more than five different houses and shops belonging to different owners in the ancient community and carted away goods, before they were arrested by the operatives.
When interrogated, the husband, a carpenter and father of two described himself as a victim of circumstances.
Ajayi who confessed to the commission of the crime, said the stolen goods were recovered by the police in his wife’s shop.
He said his wife usually takes the goods to other markets in a neighbouring community to sell.
Some of the goods recovered by the police from the suspects are 400 pieces of jean trousers, shirts, short nickers, jackets, face caps, underwear, large quantities of women accessories and lingerie goods, assorted wines, provision and food stuffs estimated at about N3 million.
The commissioner said the suspects who are currently detained at the Anti-Crime section of the command in Ado-Ekiti are still helping the police wuth more facts.
He promised that the couple would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed on the matter.
The Command, he said, will at all times rise up to its constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and property, preservation of peace as well as maintenance of law and order in the state.