40-year-old Taiwo Afolabi, a Pastor in Ikere Ekiti has been arrested by men of the Ekiti State Police Command. Afolabi was arrested alongside others suspected to be members of a carjacking syndicate.
While parading the suspects at the Command’s Headquarters, Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the spokesman of the Ekiti State Police Command, Victor Babayemi disclosed that Afolabi and his colleagues were nabbed on the Ogotun-Igbara Odo Road where they failed to give satisfactory account of themselves on questioning.
He also stated that investigation conducted by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad revealed that they were members of a car-snatching syndicate.
The vehicles recovered from them include a green Toyota Camry with registration number ET 241 AAA, a brown Toyota Camry with registration number KSF 634 AX, a Nissan Cabster with number EK 973 XH and another Nissan Cabster with registration number FST 621 XM.
Babayemi also told journalists that the leaders of the group, Wasiu Sola and Abdukareem Ganiyu, were based in Ibadan. He shed more light on the group’s modus operandi as he disclosed that the leaders are specialists in robbery and car snatching, and that they give snatched vehicles to a dealer in Ado Ekiti to market.
While corroborating the PRO’s remarks, Afolabi said he had been receiving cars from the two and giving them to one Ajilumo Emmanuel, to sell to interested buyers.
He however said “I never asked them since they have been bringing cars to me to sell, whether the cars were stolen goods or not. But the last one they brought that I could not sell in time put me in this trouble because the engine was faulty and we could not dispose it off as quick as possible.”
Also paraded was a 17-year-old boy, Raji Babtunde who was arrested along with members of his gang by the Swift Response Squad during a robbery at Okesa area of Ado Ekiti around 3.30 am.
They were reportedly arrested following a distressed call from their victims some of whom they had inflicted machete wounds on after forcefully gaining entrance into their homes.