Ogun State Police Command has arrested and paraded four suspected bank robbers with explosive devices that they had intended to use for a robbery operation in Ijebu Ode area of the state.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of finance and administration, Celestine Okoye, said that the suspected robbers were arrested in October with four explosive devices and connective wires.
The Deputy Commissioner said that all the suspects were coming from Delta State to meet another leader of the syndicate simply identified as Wisdom who was planning the robbery in Ijebu Ode.
Three of the suspects; Gelebele Aitlabor, Moses Demene and Friday Saborom are reported to be from Delta State while the fourth, Mohammadu Kaidiri was said to be from Edo State.
The Police boss explained that the suspects were still under investigation and would be charged to court at the appropriate time.
He said, “Information was received by Policemen on patrol at Ayepe town that some men were seen with bags and on the receipt of the information, they were intercepted by the team.
“On search on the bags, four explosive devices with three connective wires were recovered from them. The suspects confessed that they were coming from Delta State to meet their gang leader named Wisdom in Ogun State, now at large, to rob.”
While speaking with newsmen, Demene, who identified himself as the leader of the group, said that he was aware of a robbery plan on a bank in Ijebu Ode and had to call Gelebele who was in possession of the explosives.
He said that they were on their way to meet the leader of the group after stepping off from a bus from Delta when an Okada rider suspected them and invited the Police.
The guy with the explosives had a rather odd story to tell about why he had them. In this world we live in where bombs are used to wreck havoc on innocent people, he says he uses them to wreck havoc on innocent fish.
Suspected bank robber, Aitlabor Gelebele, who was arrested with explosives by the Ogun State Police Command, has said he is not a bank robber but a fisherman.
He told journalists that he used the explosives to kill large number of fish in the river and then sold them.
Gelebele denied any knowledge of the robbery operation, explaining that the explosives were used for fishing in Delta State before Demene called him that he was ready to pay N150, 000 for the devices.
According to him, he agreed to sell the explosives because he needed money to take care of his pregnant wife.
He said, “I normally use the explosives for fishing by putting the explosives in the water and then connect them to wires.
“When the explosives go off, they shock the fish to death and I catch them.”
But The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Celestine Okoye isnt’t buying his story one bit. No Sir. He explained that bank robbers usually use explosive devices to blast bank security doors.
The police also paraded a member of a trans-border robbery syndicate, Atevonou Sesco, who was arrested after successfully snatching a Toyota Sequoia with number plate, EPE 956 DP, in Ilase, Idiroko area of the state.
Okoye explained that efforts to get the owner of the vehicle had yielded no result which gave the impression that the owner might have been killed in the operation.