Three members of a notorious armed robbery gang terrorising Kwara State University in Malete, and its environs in Moro Local Government area of Kwara have been arrested by the police.
The suspects, identified as Ridwan Abdulfatai, Ibrahim Ridwan Akorede, aged 25 of Oke Fomo area of Ilorin, and Aliyu Abubakar Apalado were arrested after they successfully robbed students at gun points in their hostels and forcefully carted their properties away.
NigeriaCrime.com gathered that 87 handsets, 10 Laptops, and 2 Television sets were among the items recovered from the trio.
Their arrest was sequel to a report at the police station by some four hundred-level students, who were robbed by armed robbers in their hostels.
Based on the report, the Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama consequently sent a crack team of detectives comprising the Anti-cultists, Anti-Kidnapping, Anti-robbery and personnel of Malete Division with the mandate to break the suspect’s foothold in the area and bring the culprits to justice.
Confirming the arrest, the Spokesman of Kwara State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi said the suspects confessed to committing the crime.
According to Ajayi Okasanmi, “while approaching the suspected hideout of the gang, the team was sighted by the hoodlums and the armed robbers took to their heels, one Ridwan Abdulfatai from Oke Fomo Ilorin was arrested by the detectives.”
“Consequently, the suspect under intense interrogation confessed he is the leader of a robbery gang terrorising the Malete community and its environs, stating also that he is also a jailbird.
“He led the detectives to effect the arrest of two other members of the gang, namely, Ibrahim Ridwan Akorede of Oke Fomo area of Ilorin, and Aliyu Abubakar Apalado, they all confessed to the crimes.”
He also said that efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the robbery gang who are at large while the suspects would be charged in court after the investigation.
Other items recovered from the suspects are One Locally made gun, One Jackknife and charms.
Two (2) Motorcycles.
One(1) small size fridge
One(1) standing fan
One(1) pumping machine.