Two dismissed police officers and five others have been arrested after they hijacked five trucks of FMCG on the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode highway Tuesday.
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command stated the accused include Nwafor Onyebuchi and Idakole Benjamin, dismissed cops, as part of the seven-man gang.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Tuesday, said other suspects are: Ibrahim Musa, Abolade Shola, Ikem Ejimofor, Adebayo Jamiu and Ayeye Edwin.
They were all arrested following a distress call received at the Odogbolu divisional headquarters Dec 28.
.The gang of robbers blocked the expressway and hijacked a truck loaded with Blue Band products of the Unilever Nigeria Limited worth N25 million.
It was the latest of their criminalities along the highway.
“The robbers overpowered the driver and motor boy, took them to the bush, and tied them down there before taking away the truck.
“On the strength of the distress call, the DPO, Odogbolu division, SP Awoniyi Adekunle, quickly led his patrol team to the scene, but the hoodlums had moved from there before their arrival.
“They started tracing the hoodlums based on the description of the hijacked truck. Their efforts paid off when the truck was sighted at the Nairaland area of the expressway moving towards the Ijebu-Ode Road.
“They were given a hot chase and three of the hoodlums, namely; Musa Ibrahim, Shola Abolade and Edwin Ayeye, were arrested, while others escaped in a Honda space wagon car.”
But the remaining gangsters contacted a lawyer to battled police for unlawfully arresting their friends.
They reportedly asked the lawyer to secure their release from custody.
“On getting to the office of the DPO, the lawyer was told to produce those that briefed him about the case before those in police custody would be released.
“The lawyer there and then called them to come as the case was about to be settled.
“The duo of Nwafor Onyebuchi and Idakole Benjamin, who were later identified as dismissed police sergeants, then came around and they were arrested by the DPO and his men.
“On interrogation, the suspects confessed to blocking the expressway and hijacking the Blue Band loaded truck from the driver after tying down the driver and his motor boy.
“The suspects were transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole,” the police spokesman added.
The police spokesman said the suspects confessed that they had so far hijacked four trucks loaded with different types of goods, including diapers, fruit drinks, butter and flour.
They reportedly confessed that the value of the hijacked goods was N25,688,000.
“They confessed further that they had a ready-made buyer in one Alhaji Jamiu, who lived in Kwara State,” he said.
“The said Alhaji Jamiu was traced to Erin-Ile in Kwara State, where he was promptly arrested.
“Their major receiver and financier, Ikem Ejimofor, was traced to Jakande Estate, in Lagos, where he was also arrested.
“While Alhaji Jamiu confessed that it was his truck the suspects used to block the road when the last truck was hijacked, Ikem Ejimofor, on his part, confessed to being the receiver of all the robbed goods which he bought at a very ridiculous price.”