The Ogun State command of the Nigerian Police has arrested four dangerous and notorious criminals that target POS operators and Uber drivers whom they rob, machete to death and burnt to ashes.
Their latest victim is Abiodun Odebunmi, a POS owner who had previously done some POS deal with the man that lured him to his death.
Odebunmi must have been impressed by the commission the syndicate gave to him through Kehinde Saliu Jelili (aka Oluomo), in the previous day’s N1.5m transaction which was actually a bait to lure him into trusting their genuineness.
Instead of business transaction, he was hacked to death in cold blood in Otta, Ogun State, and his remains burnt, to cover up the evil perpetrators track.
On April 17, 2021, Odebunmi had innocently gone with a cash sum of N4m to meet Kehinde at Oju-Ore in Otta in the Ado-Odo/Otta Local Government Council Area of Ogun State. That was the last time he was heard from.
Aanu Salaudeen, who works for Odebunmi became uncomfortable when she could no longer reach her boss and then did the right thing by and reporting to the Police at Onipanu Division, where she narrated how her boss speedily left their POS point, to attend to a customer.
In her complainant to the Police, Aanu said, her boss left his office at Aparadija the previous day, to meet a customer with a cash sum of N4m, to be used for POS transaction.
According to the Ogun State Police Command, in a press statement issued by its Spokesman (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, “She stated further that the said Abiodun Odebunmi has not been seen since then, and all calls made to his line have not been connecting”.
Aanu, the statement added, further hinted that, they had earlier done a transaction of N1.5 million naira with the person who invited his boss the previous day, and that it was the same person, who called her boss to meet him at Oju-Ore, to do another POS transaction of N4 million.
“Upon the report, Policemen at Onipanu Division commenced investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man; their efforts paid off when the dead and burnt body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building at Arobieye area of Otta without the trace of his assailants.
“The case was transferred to the Homicide Section of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who mandated the Homicide team to unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act within the shortest possible period”.
The statement said, “The CSP Femi Olabode-led Homicide team, in compliance with the CP’s directive, embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to Otun-Ekiti in Ekiti State, where the suspect was discovered to be hibernating”.
According to the Police, on getting to Ekiti, the suspect had already got a wind of Police presence and quickly escaped to Offa in Kwara state.
“With the determination to apprehend him, the team continued trailing him and later got information that he was in Benin Republic, where he had gone to attend the court session of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), and that he would soon be coming to Nigeria.
“Having got the information about the day he would be returning to Nigeria, the team laid ambush for him and got him arrested at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos states”, police said and that, “On interrogation, the suspect, who claimed to be a native of Apomu in Osun State, owned up to deliberately luring him to that point where he and his other gang members anxiously waited for him to come with the money (N4m), before killing him in an uncompleted building in Otta.
On the initial N1.5m transaction he had with the deceased the previous day, the suspect said it was a bait he threw at him which, according to him (the suspect), was what spurred the deceased to rushing down to attend to him.
He narrated how, after collecting the money (N4m), they machetted him to death and thereafter, set his mangled body ablaze, to cover their tracks.
Kehinde further recounted the various crimes his gang had committed in the past, chiefly amongst were targeting Uber and POS Operators.
Their modus operandi in that regard was that, one of them would pretend as a genuine passenger to a Uber driver, who would lure such an unsuspecting driver to where his other gang members were waiting and, as soon as he arrived at the point, the driver would be hacked to death and the car taken away to their receiver.
An instance of such, according to Kehinde was, at Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, during which one Idowu Ademiluyi was matchetted to near-death and his Toyota Corolla was snatched.
Kehinde, in the course of police investigation, led the detectives to their reciever, Abiodun Akinola, a standby buyer of every proceeds of their crime.
Two other members of the criminal gang, Johnson Fakeye and Akinola Jamiu, were subsequently arrested at Atan-Otta and Owode-Yewa respectively.
One Toyota Camry, one Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Rave 4, whose owners were said to have been gruesomely murdered, were recovered from the gang.
“Meanwhile, according to the release, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who was full of praises for the team for the painstaking investigation, which lasted for almost three months, directed that it is not over until the last member of the devilish gang is arrested. He therefore appealed to members of the public to always disclose their movement to, at least, one trusted person, whenever they have any cause to keep appointment with an unknown person.
“The CP also directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded”, the Police said in the statement.