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Two arrested for robbing Ogun traders with toy-gun


A 19-year-old man, Nweke Joshua, has been arrested alongside a 29-year-old woman, Chioma Okafor, by men of the Ogun State Police Command for robbing traders with a toy gun.

The suspects were arrested last week Friday while carrying out a robbery operation at the Adesan area of Mowe in the Obafemi-Owode local government.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested following a distress call received at Mowe divisional headquarters at about 9:30 pm on Friday.

The PPRO said that the police were told that armed robbers have invaded a foodstuff shop, owned by one Johnson Nwokoro at Safari Junction Adesan and have started dispossessing the owner of the day’s sales.

He said “upon the distress call, the DPO Mowe division, SP Folake Afeniforo, quickly mobilised the division’s patrol team and the so safe corpsmen to the scene where the two suspects were arrested.

“On searching them, it was discovered that they came to rob the shop with toy guns which looked perfectly like original pistols.

“On interrogation, the 19 years old Nweke Joshua, informed the police that it was Chioma Okafor who came up with the idea of carrying out the robbery operation in order for them to have some money.

“He stated further that it was Chioma who bought the two toy guns and gave him one to use for the operation.

“They went to the shop and pretended like customers, but they suddenly brought out guns and ordered the shop owner to hand over all money in his possession to them.

“Luck ran out of them when police and so safe corpsmen arrived at the scene before they can escape.”

The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.

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