The operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the Nigeria Police yesterday paraded a suspected political thug, one Omoniyi Ajewole, alongside his boss, Odeyemi Itunnu aka Gomina, who claimed to be the executive assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, in connection with car robbery.
The purported chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was arrested by the police led by the Commissioner of Police FSARS, Chris Ezike, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, for allegedly arming his political thug, who in turn, alongside his gang, used the guns to snatch cars in different parts of the country.
The other suspects were identified as Oluseye Jacob, Oluwadamilare Rasaki, Ajisafe Olawale, Ogunniyi Sunday, Tolani Babatunde aka Biggy, Abubakar Umar aka Barry and Ayodeji Olumudi.
The cars recovered were 2008 model of Toyota Highlander with registration number GWA489BC, 2007 model of Toyota Matrix with registration number RSH196DA, one Toyota RAV4 with registration number EPE477AC, two unregistered Toyota Highlander 2012 model, two unregistered Toyota Saloon 2009 model of unregistered Toyota Camry and one Toyota Avensis with registration number EKY989AX.
Others recovered vehicles included Mercedes Benz E-class 350 series with registration number LND919EC, Honda Accord Coupe with registration number EKY857CH, Toyota Camry with registration number YEN902SY, Toyota Highlander with registration number GWA489BC, Toyota Camry with registration number AKD883AC, one unregistered Toyota Sienna and a 2009 model of Toyota RAV4.
Parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said investigation began after the suspects robbed a professor at the University of Ile Ife, Osun State.
He said: “Investigation began on June 27, 2013, after the victim was robbed of his two vehicles and other valuables. The matter was later transferred to FSARS and they swung into action.
But in a swift reaction, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State denied ever knowing any such person, let none being his Executive Assistant.
Fayemi who expressed shock at the claim discussed it as a political story, exclaiming, ‘ whose aide? What a joke? I have no aide so called.
But Mba insisted that the statement was voluntarily made by the suspect even though according to Mba the suspect admitted that he had never worked closely with Governor Fayemi.”