By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Police Command on Monday paraded a fake soldier, Olatunbosun Tunde who was arrested for allegedly killing a motor boy at a car wash in Leme area of Abeokuta, the State capital.
The 49-year old suspect who is also known as “soldier” was among the nine other suspects paraded by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Illiyasu at the Police Headquarters, Eleweran for various criminal offences ranging from armed robbery to impersonation.
The Commissioner said the suspect fled to Togo after committing the crime but the Police, through “Technology Intelligence” tracked and lured him back to the country by arresting his wife (name withheld).
According to Illiyasu, some of the items recovered from him included one avar pump action gun with serial number 15-0083, 43 live cartridges, two camouflage army trousers, a camouflage army knicker, one camouflage army jungle cap and seven pairs of different vehicle plate numbers.
He stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was a leader of a notorious armed bandit terrorising Abeokuta and its environs.
Illiyasu added that the suspect and his gang were specialised in snatching of vehicles, kidnapping and impersonating military officers to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
Explaining why he killed the victim, Olatunbosun who is a native of Ilaro area of the State said, “The boy and I were engaged in a scuffle and as a result, I shot him. It was a mistake. I only want to use the gun to scare him”.
The suspect disclosed that he was formerly a student of the Maritime Navy Academy in Iperu area of the State before engaging in car smuggling, claiming that the gun recovered from him is licensed and he only used the gun to scare thieves away from his compound as a car dealer.
He however denied running to Republic of Togo after the incident but said he went to stay at his house located at Camp area of Abeokuta.
On why he didn’t remove the gun from safety, Olatunbosun stated “I always load it with seven to six cartridges to protect my cars in the night and I forgot because I was rushing the next morning which was a Saturday, an environmental sanitation day to see someone that want to buy car from me and I branched the car wash to wash the car because it was dirty”.
The suspect who disclosed that he had sold over 500 cars to people in Abeokuta, said he regretted his action, insisting that he was ready to apologize to the victim’s family.
He said the plate numbers caught with him were used to evade arrest from Customs authorities, stressing that he was ready to face the necessary consequence for his action.
Also paraded for impersonation was Olamilekan Ibrahim and two accomplices, Sunday Akpabio and Sunny Tijani. Items recovered from them were Military uniform and one Nigeria Legion Identification card.
Speaking to journalists, Ibrahim said he bought the army uniform for N2,000 which he used to intimidate people, adding that he was arrested when he went to settle a land dispute.
He disclosed that he was 100 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Distance Learning, studying Psychology.
Ibrahim claimed that he was not aware that wearing army uniform was an offence, pleading that the government should have mercy on him.
Those arrested for armed robbery were Yusuf Mustapha, Lekan Lukman, Friday Ekepe and Friday Okeifi.
Items recovered from them were, one locally made single barrel cut-to-size gun, three live cartridges, one Bajaj Boxer Motorcycle and one Toyota Highlander Jeep.