Ebonyi police nab two suspects for N4.4 million fraud, hands them over to EFCC

A surprising revelation emerged on the April 5, 2018, Offa bloody financial institution theft on Wednesday, when suspects informed a Kwara State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Ilorin, how they killed about eleven individuals within the theft operation.

The suspects, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Azeez Salawu, and Niyi Ogundare, have been on trial since their arrest.

Counsel to the prosecution, Rotimi Jacob, on the resumed listening to of the case on Wednesday, known as the seventh witness, one John Nwoke, a police inspector hooked up to the Police Drive Public Relations unit, Abuja.

Nwoke, introduced a DVD video to the open courtroom containing the confessional statements of the suspects.

One of many suspects, Ayoade Akinnibosun, stated “They shot lifeless eleven individuals who had been hauling stones and different missiles at them.”

Akinnibosun narrated how a dismissed police officer, Michael Adikwu, now deceased, bought the theft concept to him, including that he in flip conscripted his different 4 accomplices to the deal.

Akinnibosun, who claimed to be the ring chief within the video, revealed that he owned the 2 automobiles used within the bloody theft operation.

He stated, “One of many automobiles, a Lexus sport utility automobile, SUV, was given to me as an empowerment by the then Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, because the chief of political liberation motion in Kwara South.

“I got here into contact with the dismissed policeman, Adikwu via a income assortment employees, after assembly with him, I relayed to Ibikunle Ogunleye, who additionally relayed the identical to Adeola Abraham, in any other case generally known as ‘Adex’.

“Azeez Salawu and Niyi Ogundare, are each mechanics; on the fateful day of April 5, 2018, we, the 5 of us moved from Oro, Irepodun Native Authorities Space of the state to Ajasse-Ipo, the place we parked the SUV below a tree and all of us drove within the Mercedes Benz to Offa.

“At Offa, we parked in entrance of the Whole filling station, the place late Adikwu was ready for us in a black Audi automobile.

“There was additionally a Nissan Primera automobile parked in entrance of us on the Whole filling station the place another those that got here with Adikwu had been ready.

“Shortly, thereafter, Adikwu handed over a sack to me containing 5 AK-47 rifles and because the commander of my gang, I distributed the weapons and directed each member to take his place.

“I positioned myself on the roundabout resulting in Igosun from Offa.

“After the theft, Adikwu (the deceased) didn’t give us a dime, he solely promised to name me when it’s time to share the loot.

“Then all of us hurriedly left the group, on attending to Ijagbo, Oyun LGA, our automobile stretched to a halt awaiting Adikwu who got here and picked up the 5 AK-47 rifles from me.”

Akinnibosun stated he received the Lexus automobile as a result of he used to mobilize individuals for election within the state and that the automobile had not gotten a quantity plate earlier than his arrest, including that “I used to be utilizing the sticker of the then Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki because the quantity plate.

“It’s because he was the political chief of the state.”

Ibikunle Ogunleye, on his half, whereas talking because the second defendant, revealed that he was historically positioned on the First Financial institution premises in Offa metropolis, earlier than Adikwu dragged him to come back alongside to the Offa police station.

He confessed that he shot two individuals lifeless who had been making an attempt to flee on the gate of the police station.

Ogunleye stated Adikwu and his gang fired many pictures on the police station, killing scores of policemen within the operation.

Adikwu, on coming into the station, introduced that the police relieved him of his job, however, “I’ve come on a revenge mission, and handed over 10 AK-47 rifles taken from the armoury to me,” including that “I took them into his Audi automobile.”

Abraham and Salawu Ogundiran additionally confessed to have shot 5 and two individuals lifeless, respectively, to stop being stoned to demise by public members.

The trial decide, Haleemah Salman, adjourned the case until March 15,2021 for continuation of listening to.

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