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Police Nabs 2 for Armed Robbery, Murder of Tricycle Operator

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two cousins for the murder of one Amos Oyemechi Chuckwuka, after robbing him of his tricycle.

The suspects, 34-year-old Damilola Famoriyo and 31-year-old Akinbayo Emmanuel Abiodun, both male, were alleged to have dumped the corpse of their victim at a riverbank in Ijebu Ode.

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According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, they were apprehended on February 9, 2023.

The suspects were arrested following an information received by policemen attached to Obalende Divisional Headquarters, Ijebu Ode, on December 13, 2022, that a dead body which was later identified as that of a tricycle rider was found on the riverbank at Agoro area of Ijebu Ode.

Upon the information, the DPO Obalende division, SP Murphy Salami led his detectives to the scene, where it was discovered that the deceased was matcheted to death after which his tricycle was taken away.

The DPO then detailed his Crack Team to embarked on technical and Forensic Investigation of the incident in order to unravel those behind the act.

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Their efforts yielded positive result on February 9, when one of the suspects, Famoriyo, who resides at New site, Awosan Fakale, Ikorodu, Lagos was arrested with the deceased’s phone. His arrest then led to that of his cousin and accomplice, Akinbayo of Road 1, Block A, Maya, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to the commission of the crime. In their statements, they confessed to being a 2-man syndicate who specialised in snatching motorcycles and tricycles.

They further revealed that they always carry out their robbery operation in Ijebu Ode and its environs.

According to them, on the day they committed the crime in December, their victim was lured to carry their farm products from Agoro area to the town, and they agreed on a price.

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On getting to Agoro/Ikangba road, they stopped him and snatched the tricycle from him. It was when the deceased tried to struggle with them that they matcheted him to death and dragged his corpse to the riverbank where they dumped him.

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They informed the police further that they have snatched up to eight tricycles in Ijebu Ode area, and that their standby buyers are residing at Ikorodu in Lagos State.

Recovered from them are two phones of the deceased as well as the cutlass they used in killing him.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Mba, has directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.

Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email: ismail.aniemu@aol.com

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