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Vigilante commander nabbed for armed robbery, names police officer who supplies guns for operations

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Mr Owonikoko John, a 36-year-old leader of a vigi­lante group in Ogun State, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in the supply of arms and robberies.

According to Ogun State police command, John is behind several crimes at Obalen­de and other areas of the state.

The suspect was arrested along the Sagamu-Ijebu- Ode-Benin highway during an operation led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Omosanyi Adeniyi, the Area Commander, Ijebu-Ode.

Upon his arrest, John was found in possession of a gun.

Though, in his confessional statement, he allegedly named an Inspector of Police, identified as Ola, as the supplier of the firearm in his possession.

Mr Ola, who also happened to be a spy police, was fingered as the police operative who sold the gun to him.

While narrating his side of the story, Ola said that he indeed sold his pump action rifle to the suspected armed robber with necessary caution but begged for mercy.

“If I had known, I would not have done it that way,” he said.

“I was invited by the Police on a Wednesday when I was preparing to travel to Ibadan with my boss. I was informed that some people were in my house to take my wife to the police station.

“Upon getting to our Divisional Police Station, the Divisional Police Officer asked if I was the Inspector who sold a gun to an armed robber; I replied that I didn’t sell a gun to an armed robber.

“I explained that officials of the VGN bought a gun from me, but they were referred to me by one Omooba, a well-known person in my area,” he added.

 

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