the police in Lagos State have arrested three suspected gang members from Lagos, Oyo and Delta States in connection with the robbery and murder of Adeniyi Sanni, an aide to the Senator representing Ogun West, Solomon Adeola.
The three suspects involved in the alleged murder of the senator’s aide were paraded before the police headquarters in Lagos on Monday.
Sanni was shot dead while returning home and his body was later dumped near a military barracks around the Toyota bus stop in Oshodi, Lagos, in the early hours of August 5.
According to the senator, an investigation into the incident revealed that Sanni was shot by some yet to be identified officers of the Nigerian Army guarding checkpoints in the Ikeja axis of Lagos State.
The suspects presented by police on Monday are Fred Azeez Okunnu, 43, Lucky Michael, 33, and Adedigba Segun, 26. Police said the incident occurred between 1am and 2am on August 5.
How the assistant was murdered
According to the police, the suspects stopped the deceased’s car and asked to see the vehicle’s documents. One of the men was wearing a military uniform.
“In this incident, after seeing the papers, they insisted on taking the victim to their base. Once they entered the vehicle, Mr. Sanni realized that they were thieves,” Idowu Owohunwa, the police commissioner, told reporters.
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“He called for help, which led to the robbers shooting him three times and stabbing him more. They left his body on the roadside and drove to Kuto, Abeokuta, where they cleaned the blood stains on the rear seats of the vehicle and later that night they drove the vehicle to the border town of Chikanda in Kwara State. , where the criminal took delivery of the car.
“The suspects adopted the use of military fatigue to overcome checkpoints.”
Police said they recovered a Brownie pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, a Beretta pistol with three rounds of live ammunition, a locally made cut-to-size pistol with 6 live rounds, six spent cartridges, military equipment (military camouflage vest, military jungle hat, military holster, jungle boots), and a red Honda CRV with license plate EKY 276 JD, also taken from a still unidentified victim.
The three suspects allegedly involved in the death of Ogun senator’s aide, Sanni
Police investigation revealed that the gang put together by one Alhaji (based in Benin Republic) specialized in robbing drivers of their unregistered vehicles.
The gang has been successful in five previous operations, police said.
“Further investigation has revealed that the said Alhaji has other cells operating across the country,” Owohunwa said.
“As this is a transnational crime, the Command is involving Interpol to apprehend this criminal trustee and financier.”
Police said the suspects operate by placing a gang member a few meters from the Berger bus stop to detect unregistered vehicles.
“The observer then calls his gang members, who are dressed in military uniform and parked somewhere around the Berger bus stop, to inform them of the approaching vehicle,” he said.
“Once they stop their victim, they request the personalized documents of the vehicle, as they would have to pass security and customs checks.”
Police also said the suspects had previously been arrested and charged in court for other crimes before their release and eventual re-arrest.