There was a mild drama, yesterday, at the Ogun State Police Command, at Eleweran, Abeokuta, when a two-month old baby, Oyinkansola Adeosun, was paraded alongside her mother, Fausat Adeosun for alleged involvement in robbery and death of no fewer than five people.
Two other members of the same family; Tobi Adeosun,15, and Iyabode Adeosun were also paraded for allegedly aiding and abetting their brother, Ismail Adeosun, 26, who had been declared wanted by the police for his alleged involvement in the cases.
The State Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, who paraded 30 suspects for various crimes said the four suspects were arrested by the police on Monday when his men stormed Ago-Ika, Abeokuta residence of the suspects where a locally made gun was recovered.
The commissioner, however, said investigation had commenced, saying that as soon as it was concluded the suspects would be charged to court.
The commissioner said: “This woman has been keeping gun for her husband and his 15-year-old brother is the armourer of the gang.
“One Tobi is the armourer of the gang and Ismail’s wife has been keeping her husband’s arms and ammunition before luck ran out on them”.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the suspects, Tobi Adeosun said it was his brother, Ismail that committed the offence, before they arrested all the family members including the two month old baby.
According to Tobi, Fausat has been keeping the gun for her husband, I was only brought to the scene to relocate the arms when the police invaded the house.
“It was his wife who had been helping him to watch over his guns. That day when the police came, his wife, Fausat Adeosun called me to hide the gun behind a block beside the house, it was wrapped inside a cloth and when the police same, I told them everything and even took them to where the gun was hidden.
“At first I lied to the police because I was scared and I have never experienced such, I never knew my brother was a thief until that day,” he said.
When asked, the suspect’s wife and the mother of the two months old Oyinkasola, denied the knowledge of her husband’s robbery business but said that he (Ismail) operates a film house in Igbo-Ora area of Oyo State.
Narrating her experience; Fausat said when she noticed that a gun was brought to the house, her husband threatened to kill her if she informed people about it.
“On Sunday, he came to me and I was away to church and I asked him whether he has removed his gun from my house because we don’t leave together but he said he and his friend, Danladi were around to pick the gun, I never knew he was a thief until he brought the gun to my house.
“He asked me whether I have told anybody and even threatened to kill me if I have informed anybody and that he will run away and leave me to suffer on his behalf, but I told him I never informed anyone
“Unfortunately, the police came on Monday and asked me of the gun but I told them his brother had taken it away, that was how I was arrested,” she said.
Also paraded yesterday were two suspects who claimed to be dismissed soldiers but were arrested at Mowe area of the State for car snatching and forcefully taking peoples’ possession.
The two suspects, Peter Nnamdi Obidozie and Kenneth Adogbeji claimed to have been suspended from the Nigerian Army for Absence Without Leave (AWOL).
Obidozie said that he has been using his uniform to ‘survive’ after the Okada restriction in Lagos.
He said he had been using his Okada in Lagos before Okada ban by Lagos State Government.
“I used to be escort motorists who carry goods from Mowe to Lagos and they pay us money.”
Asked whether that was allowed in the army, Peter said: ‘’It is not allowed, but I must survive and I can’t rob since I was dismissed from service.
When asked about his involvement in robbery which he was charged for, he said; “yes that is the allegation, but on the day I was arrested nobody saw me with the bike, I was sitting in a bus when they came to arrest me and people were pointing at me that we were the people that used to come and steal their bike, but the Lord will help me because I am a dismissed soldier,” he said.