A lame man who hid behind his disability to lead a robbery gang has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.
Tribune reports that the arrest of the 38-year-old Olojede also known as Oba Aro which literally means 'King of the Lame', came after lots of complaints of snatched bikes by the gang after luring commercial motorcycle operators popularly called 'Okada men', to deserted areas in the guise of being a passenger.
It was gathered that the modus operandi of Olojede was to make his gang members follow him on one or two other motorcycles in the trail of the one conveying him, after which they would attack the owner of the bike they wanted to snatch and make away with it, abandoning him and the owner.
His Waterloo, however, came when an Okadaman resisted the gang and gave them a serious fight, leading to his arrest.
Confirming the arrest of the notorious suspect, the State Commissioner of Police, Sam Adegbuyi, that a three-man gang of armed robbers attacked one Bolaji Matthew along Ago-Are area and dispossessed him of his Bajaj motorcycle.
They also snatched another motorcycle at gunpoint from its owner, Olusayo Alao, at the same area, but Alao raised an alarm which attracted men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which was on routine patrol at the area.
“The SARS operatives moved swiftly to the scene and succeeded in arresting the suspect and the snatched motorcycle was recovered from him.
Though other members of the gang escaped from the scene, due to diligent investigation, they were arrested in their various hideouts and they confessed to series of robbery operations they had carried out and the number of motorcycles stolen before they were apprehended.”
The other suspects include Olayiwola Amoo (38), Abiodun Adebayo a.k.a. Omileniyan (25), Isaac Idowu a.k.a. Alausa (37), Abdullahi Adamu (50), and Rabiu Abubakar (30).
When he was paraded at the Police Command headquarters, Olojede confessed to the crime but said he joined the gang recently and was not the leader.
“I have just started with the gang. The first time I went with the gang, I picked one of the gang members on a motorcycle while another member rode as a passenger on a commercial motorcycle.
When the rider got to a lonely spot, the passenger who is our gang member forcefully took the key of the bike from him."
"At the same time, we arrived at the scene and the rider who initially wanted to put up a resistance became afraid. He left the bike and ran away. The second time was similar but we were not successful the third time.”