A seven-member robbery syndicate which allegedly specialized in hijacking trailers loaded with goods that they eventually sell in Niger Republic has been arrested by soldiers at the boundary town between Ekiti and Kogi States.
The suspects prefer trailers loaded with building materials, provisions, motor spare parts, electronic gadgets and other goods worth millions of naira.
Their godfather, who stays in Sokoto, according to reports, used to sell the goods and the trailers across the Nigerien border.
Commander of the Internal Security outfit in the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, Ondo State, Col Muhammed Zubairu, said the suspects who were paraded, yesterday, have confessed to the crime of hijacking of trailers loaded with goods worth several millions of Naira.
Items recovered from them included locally made revolvers, rounds of 97.62mm loaded, locally made pistols with cartridges, single barrel guns, 16 rounds of cartridges, empty shells of catridges, ATM cards, seven telephone sets, charms and hamlets, voters cards, drivers licences, indian hemp and masks among others.
The suspects include Abdulfatai Olawale, Gbenga Jacobs, Segun Olanrewaju, Godwin Attah, Abdulazeez Isah, Okwudili Uwa and Michael James.
According to Zubairu, the suspects confessed that they had a godfather, Alhaji Bello, who after a successful operation ensured that the trailers and the goods were transported to Niger Republic where a ready buyer would be waiting.
The leader of the syndicate who drives the hijacked trailers, Segun Olanrewaju, said he met the Alhaji once and had been communicating with him thereafter, adding that their shares after any business are paid directly into his account.
Zubairu told newsmen that the internal security outfit was put in place following the security threat in the country hence the soldiers mounted a check point at the border Omu-Oke in Ekiti state and Iyamoye in Kogi state.
He said that the suspects after regrouping for the operation were arrested at a drinking joint and upon a search the dangerous weapons were recovered from their vehicle marked BS 985AGL, a Toyota Station Wagon at Omu-oke.
Zubairu said that they left Abuja for Kogi state where they intended to hijack a trailer before nemesis caught up with them when they decided to take some Bottles of beer before going for the operation.
He said his men saw them and trailed them to the drinking joint and when they were search the incriminating items were found in their vehicle.
During interview the suspects confessed that they were working for one Alhaji Bello who they have never met except their leader who met him once.
The Commander of the internal security outfit said that the suspects will be handed over to the Police authorities in Ekiti State.