The Oyo State Police Command on Thursday paraded 42 suspects, including a soldier, Abubakar Isiaka, a student of Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Adedigba Elisha and another 50 year old suspected ritualist, Mr. Mukaila Adewale.
The 42 suspects included 15 armed robbers, four kidnappers, seven burglars, 13 thieves and one impersonator.
Isiaka who claimed to have been Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from Division 1, Nigerian Army Base, Maiduguri for fear of being killed by insurgents was arrested while waiting to deliver a stolen vehicle to another member of a robbery syndicate.
He claimed to specialise in providing escort service in his military uniform to a gang of car snatchers whenever they want to deliver any stolen car to the prospective buyers.
Elisha was paraded for specialising in stealing motorcycles where they were parked, particularly at football viewing centres.
Fifteen motorcycles recovered from him was also paraded alongside his accomplice who buys the items from him.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude who paraded the suspects however assured the residents of maximum security measure throughout the year especially as December is fast approaching.
Odude disclosed that three kidnap syndicate who abducted a Lebanese Mr. Elias Bashour, which include; Yusuf Adebayo, Kazeem Ajani and Ahmed Yusuf were also arrested.
He further said two armed robbery suspects, David Igwe, Francis Chidiebere, Dele Koffi-Robot, Chinoso Igwe and Oliver Ugochukwu were arrested with two stolen motorcycles in Ibadan.
He noted that Honda CRV was recovered from a two-man-gang, Adegboyega Ojo and Roland Emmanuel while a toyota corolla saloon was recovered from one Tekuma Dzever in the state.
Odude gave account of other people arrested as; Nurudeen Muyideen for impersonation, Olajide Akanmu, Femi Akanji, Ali Ibrahim, Jacob Nnaji, Adekunle Babajide, Yusuf Adebayo, Kazeem Ajani and Ahmed Yusuf who were also arrested for burgling houses in the state.
At the parade also, the owner of the saloon car, Mr. Kola Ayejoto, husband to Mrs. Ruth Ayejoto was presented with the keys to his car which was snatched by three gunmen in front of his residence at Abidolu Village, Ajoda, Egbeda local government, Ibadan.
The car with registration number, Lagos KTU 574, according to the police was recovered less than two hours after being stolen at gunpoint.
Abubakar Isiaka who spoke with reporters, said; “I left the Nigerian Army in 2015. I left because I went Absence Without Leave (AWOL). Since I left, I have been doing escort from Lagos to Port Harcourt and Lagos to Calabar.
“I was in Lagos after returning from a foreign mission in Sudan and my commander said I was still gallant and then took 24 of us to Maiduguri, out of 24 of us, 14 died there while fighting the insurgents and I was afraid, so that was when I decided to leave the work.
“So, I started escorting robbers to whenever they want to sell the snatch car. I’ll be inside the car for escort, I’ve never been involved in any of the robbery, I just escort them to where they’ll sell it.
“I left Army when I was serving in Maiduguri. I just decided to leave the work when I came back from Sudan.
“I was in prison due to the illegal work I was doing. I was there for a year and six months, I came out around August this year.
“The 14 soldiers out of 24 died as a result of Boko Haram, so I just ran away from Sambisa and came to Lagos.
“I don’t really know about the guns, my own is just to escort them to anywhere they want to go. I don’t do anything with the guns and I don’t know anything about the guns.”