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Bike snatcher kills childhood friend to steal his bike


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Police in Ondo State has arrested a 39-year-old motorcycle snatcher identified as Dolapo Babalola, who allegedly killed his childhood friend, one Evangelist Opeyemi Oyelakin, and stole his motorcycle.

Funmilayo Omisanya, the spokesperson of the command who made this known on Sunday to newsmen in Akure, said the incident happened at Ondo town in Ondo State.

The police image maker said the suspect was arrested following the complaint received on March 25 that a motorcycle, marked KAK 136 VF, was stolen and the rider was nowhere to be found.

According to Odunlami-Omisanya, consequent upon this report, detectives swung into action and arrested one Babalola on the same date.

She said that during interrogations, the suspect confessed that “the said Opeyemi Oyelakin, the ‘deceased’, was his childhood friend, and they had not seen for a very long time until March 14, 2024”.

The PPRO explained that the suspect and one Sikiru Mutiu, aka S.K., still at large, on March 15, deceived the said Opeyemi Oyelakin, ‘deceased’, to carry them on his motorcycle to their farm at Oke-Igbo Area.

“As soon as they dropped, Mutiu gripped Oyelakin from behind while the suspect used stick and stone to hit him on his head and the victim died.

“The corpse was dragged to a shallow pit, and they covered it with leaves before his motorcycle was stolen,” the PPRO quoted the suspect as saying.

Ms Omisanya, who said that the suspect took the detectives to the scene of the crime where the criminal act was perpetrated, said the corpse together with the stick and stone used in carrying out the crime were recovered.

According to the PPRO, the suspect stated that he has a large syndicate and has been into the business of snatching motorcycles since 2021.

“Since 2021, the suspect has snatched uncountable number of motorcycles, and he normally uses sticks and stones on his victims while his operational zones are; Ondo town, Akure, Ekiti, Ilesha and Ife town.

“Meanwhile, the command is intensifying efforts to get everyone connected to the crime arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” she said.

The PPRO, therefore, warned members of the public, particularly motorcycle riders to be mindful of the type of people they carried and the terrains they entered with their motorcycles.



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