It was an unexpected momemt in Ondo state yesterday when the Ondo State Police Command arrested a newly recruited police constable, David Friday, and a serving soldier, Innocent Victor, for alleged involvement in robbery.
Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters on Thursday January 21, the State Police Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, said the police constable is attached to Olofin Police Station in Idanre local government area of the state while the soldier is serving with the 32 Artillery Brigade, Nigeria Army, Owena Cantonment, Akure.
The CP said the duo was arrested at Ojadale junction in Idanre where they attacked, robbed and disposed of some people of their property and money.
The two suspects were reportedly armed with a jackknife and other dangerous weapons while some items were reportedly stolen from their victims were found on them.
Some of the items recovered from them include N6,000, one Itel phone valued at N8500, 30 litres of petrol and the sum of N125,000.
“He was being tried for that motorcycle theft when he was caught conspiring with a soldier to rob some people with a dagger. We paraded them and the victims identified them," Salami said.
"They attacked and robbed the following people, Akinmodun Akinleye and Adeyeye Sesan of their properties which include cash sum of Six Thousand Naira Only (?6,000.00), one Itel phone valued Eight Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only(?8,500.00), 30 litres of petrol and cash of one hundred and Twenty Five Thousand (N125,000.00)"
"Suspects were subsequently arrested and have made confessional statements to the commission of the crime. They will soon be arraigned in court. Other victims came and identified them. When we are done with our investigation, we will charge them to court.” the Commissioner added.
The soldier, however, denied his involvement in the allegation, saying that he was not caught at the scene of the incident but was held for being on illegal duty.