Two cross-border suspects identified as Evans Ajao and Isaiah Aigba have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command, as the command also confirmed that another motorcycle snatcher, who stole a motorcycle from its owner in the Abeokuta metropolis and was trying to escape with it, died after he fell into a ditch.
The Motorcycle snatchers who allegedly specialized in snatching motorcycles from Nigeria and selling them in the Republic of Benin, were arrested last Wednesday at Baagbon village, in the Odeda Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, noted that a team led by the Divisional Police Officer at Odeda, Muhammad Baba-Suleiman, arrested the suspects following a distress call that the men had snatched a Bajaj motorcycle at Alabata area.
According to him, the DPO and his team blocked all exit routes in the area and the hoodlums were apprehended with the motorcycle.
“On interrogation, the duo confessed to have been in the business of motorcycle theft for quite some time and that they have standby buyers once they succeed in taking a motorcycle to the Republic of Benin.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, for further investigation and prosecution” he said.
The police spokesperson said the other motorcycle snatcher met his Waterloo on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when he snatched a motorcycle and shot the owner at the Abule Ijaiye area of Lafenwa in Abeokuta around 4.45pm.
Punch reported that the robber who had reportedly pretended to be a passenger, was alleged to have suddenly brought out a locally-made double-barrelled pistol and asked the rider, Toyin Ayoade, to surrender his motorcycle. While the rider was struggling with the suspect, he got shot in the hand as his motorcycle was taken.
“Following a distress call from the victim, the people of the community gave the suspect a hot chase. While he was running away on the motorcycle, he fell into a ditch and hit his head on a concrete culvert. He died on the spot.
“Also recovered from him were one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, two live cartridges and the snatched motorcycle,” the PPRO added.