The long white robe with a sign of cross at the front that Tunde Adeyinka had on when paraded at the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan reminds one of Brother Jero in Wole Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero.
In fact, it would not be an overstatement to nickname him ‘three in one’.
Or,how else would you describe someone who performs the role of a prophet, a traditional ruler and an Alfa. With the way he looks, you can hardly resist saying amen, if he says God bless you and with some Arabic words and some calabashes of black soap, he can easily hoodwink his victims.
Behind all these, the man and his colleagues,who were arrested in a building along P- Ajao area of Ogbomosho were allegedly in possession of one AK 49 rifle, two locally-made double barrel pistols with five live cartridges,two AK 47 rifles, one double sim Techno handset, one Nokia handset, one Toyota Camry Saloon car with registration no. ‘Lagos’ MUS 159 AG, one unregistered motorcycle and three cutlasses.
Thinking that he could still convince people watching him unbelievably, he said he was a genuine man of God and that he was using all the items found on him to help mankind.
When asked what he was doing with black soap, cowry shells, horns, red cloth with Islamic wordings,he was dumbfounded.
Oyo State Police Command Deputy Commissioner,Clement Adoda while parading the suspects said, “Upon a tip off to the Ogbomosho Area Commander, ACP. Patrick Ezeani, three men and three women; Tunde Adeyinka,34,Sunday Olanrewaju,29,and Popoola Omotayo,27, were arrested in a building along P-Ajao area, of Ogbomosho”.
On interrogation, he said the arrested notorious criminals confessed to be a gang of criminals who engaged in inter-state robberies, especially within the South Western axis. The arrested suspects who claimed to be “Woli” (Prophets) will soon be charged to court”.
As if that was not enough, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state also told newsmen about a 25-year-old man who defiled a four- year old girl. The man, Femi Owolabi who is now being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku-Ibadan was said to have committed the ungodly act on July 30, 2012.
The mother of the unfortunate little girl, upon discovery of blood stains on her legs examined her and later noticed that she was bleeding profusely from her private part. She then went to the Agugu Police Division to report the matter.
The police quoted the mother as saying she saw the little girl coming out of the suspect’s room with blood all over her legs.
Another gang of suspected hoodlums who allegedly specialized in stealing goats and robbing people of valuables at gun point at Omi Adio and its environs were also rounded up by the police.
According to Police authorities in the state, “On July 27, 2012, at about 8:25pm, one Amuzat of Ajibade village via Omi Adio, Ibadan reported that unknown thieves had stolen five of his goats. Based on the report, policemen at Apata Division swung into action and searched the surrounding bush where one Azeez Shaibu was found hiding inside the bush with the goats. His arrest led to the arrest of two other members of the gang. The arrested members are: Azeez Shaubu, Ojo Ogunmola and Idowu Yekini.
Meanwhile, in his confessional statement, one of the suspects, Azeez Shaibu revealed that they are robbers who have been terrorizing the village. Equally arrested are Lukman Ganiyu who allegedly taught the gang members techniques of stealing goats, and Kunle Ojo, the landlord who hid them from police arrest. Recovered from the suspects was one dane gun”