By Tola Gbadamosi
Leader of a robbery gang who also works as a labourer at Ehinowo Camp via Ondo town, Blessing Okon, has narrated how he and others macheted one Shahabi Jadi, a member of the syndicate to death, over sharing formula of proceeds from their robbery operation.
Other members of the robbery suspects are; Gabriel Japhet,26; Osha Phenus, 23 and Gbenga Timothy, 22 years.
The suspects were among other 15 suspected criminals paraded by the Ondo State Police Command, over various criminal offences ranging from cultism, unlawful possession of firearms, attempted murder, obtaining money/goods under false pretences, PoS fraudster, including a ritualist caught with human hands.
Other offences include; rape, unlawful possession of Indian hemp/Illicit drugs, among other heinous offences.
Investigations, however, revealed that the deceased, Jadi, was an Hausa man who came to the Camp to sell provisions, solar lights, knickers among other items, but unknown to the entire residents of the Camp,he belonged to a robbery gang.
Speaking with The Hope Metro in an interview, Okon said, “The deceased was supposed to give us N200,000, but declared only N50,000, which led to a heated argument and we macheted him in the neck with our cutlasses. And he became unconscious and later died”.
Parading the suspects at the Command headquarters, in Akure, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Oladimeji Asabi said, “On October 28, 2023, the Police was informed about an attack, that one Shahabi Jadi was matcheted to death along Ehinowo camp via Ondo town.
“Upon receipt of the information, Police through intelligence gathering, arrested one Blessing Okon. And during interrogation, the young man gave viable Information that led to the arrest of the following suspects, Gabriel Japhet, Osha Phenus, and Gbenga Timothy.
“The suspect further stated that the deceased was a member of their robbery squad, but that they had a scuffle when he cheated them and refused to give them their share of the proceed of their loots.
The Command disclosed that the suspects would soon be prosecuted at the appropriate court.
Other suspected criminals paraded were; one Olulayo Moyoloye of Kidimo Camp, via Irele, who was alleged to have attempted to behead his brother, Daniel Moyoloye, with a sharp cutlass, for accusing him of stealing his palm fruit.
He eventually chopped off the left arm of his brother which he used to defend the cutlass.
Also paraded was one Ayodele Raphael, who specializes in duping unsuspected Point of Sale operators (POS), via fake alert, while he confessed to have been perpetrating the act for a while and has collected money from various PoS agents, using the fake alert scam.
Others were; one Temitope Ibukun, who lured his victim to his farmland situated along Akungba/Supare Road, for a clearing job. But the victim stated that instead of negotiation for the assignment, he made sexual advances at her which she turned down.
However, the suspect forced her into his farm house and raped her. The victim’s undies and clothes were torn in the process.
In the same vein, the trio of Ayogu Ikenna, Ayodele Samuel and Yusuf Moshood were arrested at different locations in Owo town, after which they confessed to be members of Vikings popularly known as ‘AROBAGA’ confraternity.
The Command assured t all the suspects would be charged to court after investigations are concluded.