A taxi driver identified as Kehinde Ogunlate, and his gang members have been arrested for allegedly robbing unsuspecting passengers of their belongings in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The taxi driver and some of his accomplices with whom he had robbed passengers of their money, phones and other items in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, were apprehended by the So-Safe Corps in the State.
The State Commander of the Corps, Soji Ganzallo, through a statement by the Corps spokesman, Moruf Yusuf, said that on Friday, officers of the Corps on routine patrol, acting on intelligence, gathered that “one of the drivers who has been robbing passengers with his gang members was sighted in an area in Abeokuta.”
“The officers of the corps were charged to go after them and they swung into action immediately”
“They traced the culprits and discovered that they had just robbed some passengers of their belongings.” Ganzollo said.
Ganzollo revealed that the taxi driver and his gang use the taxi to rob unsuspecting passengers by collect their phones and other items, which they would later hand over to Kehinde to sell to one Olonade Dele.
Ganzallo noted that “the one-chance robber” and the rest of the suspected gang members initially escaped arrest, but were later apprehended at Itoko, Ita-Morin and Adedotun areas of the State capital.
The gang members include: Taoreed Adeosun, his wife, Funmilayo Adeosun, Ayoola Yemi, Kehinde Ogunlate and Dele Olonade.
“The apprehended suspects confessed that robbing passengers is their profession and after any successful operation, they drive the victims to a safer place for easy escape of their team.
“They also established that Funmilayo Adeosun picked one of the stolen phones from her husband, Taoreed and sold it to an untraceable buyer,” Ganzallo explained.
The items recovered from the suspects include the taxi, 16 memory cards and mobile phones.
The Corps Commander said the suspects and the exhibits recovered from them had been transferred to the SWAT office of the Nigeria Police Force in Magbon, Abeokuta for further investigation and likely prosecution.