|Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, Commissioner Of Police Ekiti|
THE police in Ekiti State recorded a breakthrough recently when men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) smashed a robbery cum rape syndicate said to have been terrorising Ado Ekiti, the State capital and has already commenced the prosecution of the members of the gang.
The command had earlier announced the arrest of 22-year-old Tope Jinadu, said to be the leader of the gang in early April, this year and assured the people of the state that the remaining members of the gang would be arrested and charged accordingly.
It was also announced then by the police in a statement signed by the immediate past Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Mohammed Jimoh, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), that Jinadu was nabbed with 17 Blackberry phones; eight HP laptops; nine DVD players, three gold necklaces and “some amount of cash.”
The police, it was gathered, had been on the trail of the members of the gang for some time, following several and, oftentimes, bitter complaints by members of the public and victims. It was further learnt that the police had been on the trail of the gang in many parts of the state before their hideout was discovered in Ado Ekiti, following which members of SARS team in the state swooped on the hideout.
Before the arrest of other members of his gang, Jinadu, according to the police, had been on the wanted list of the state police command for sundry crimes and offences ranging from armed robbery to rape and “defilement of hapless females in Ado Ekiti and its environs.” The arrest of Jinadu at their hideout in Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti heightened the confidence of the Ekiti State police command, which gave the assurance that other members of the syndicate, who went underground and had been on the run, would be arrested.
The new Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Olu Victor Babayemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), while speaking with Sunday Tribune on the development, disclosed that three other members of the gang had been arrested.
According to Babayemi, the three others were arrested following “useful information extracted from Jinadu during interrogation.”
The new Ekiti PPRO said the latest information on the four members of the gang was that the four men in police net were now in court, adding that more information on the gang and the extent of their trial would be made available to newsmen soon.
He assured the people of the state of the determination of the state police command to rid the state of criminals, adding that the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu, had given officers and men of the command marching orders on the need to rid the state of crime.