A gang of five suspected armed robbers, who were granted amnesty last year, has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in connection with several other robbery attacks.
Also, many ex-convicts or robbery suspects, who were released on bail by courts, were among other suspected criminals paraded by AIG Tambari Muhammed at the Eleyele Headquarters of the command.
While parading the suspects, the new AIG, who, until his promotion was the state Commissioner of Police, said the “robbery origin of the gang dates back to their prison days. The five-man alliance started after they were granted amnesty and released from prison and thereafter, it has been terror for Ibadan residents.”
He gave the names of the suspects as Lukman Rafiu, Benjamin Ojo, Adebayo Adeniyi, Wasiu Adegoke and Muniru Adigun.
He said Segun Kehinde and Rafiu were charged to court for murder in 2007, but granted amnesty and released in 2011.
Also, he explained that Ojo and Adigun were charged to court for robbery but were also released in an unclear circumstance last year, while Kehinde was also charged to court for burglary and stealing and was released last year.
According to him, the suspects met in prison and regrouped after their release to form a formidable armed gang.
Items allegedly found with them included four locally made cut to size single barrel guns and six cartridges.
Speaking with Vanguard, the leader said he always acted as informant but never went with his partners in crime.