BUT for the timely intervention of the police and bystanders present during the parade of some armed robbery suspects, a nursing mother, Busayo Oyeleye, 23, said to be the wife of a suspect, would have been stripped naked.
Her offense was that one of the victims of a robbery incident in Akure, Ondo State capital, sighted on her the jeans skirt and blouse allegedly carted along with some of her belongings when robbers raided her residence. The nursing mother was also accused by the victim of using the wrapper stolen from her to strap her baby. On sighting the nursing mother, who had been arrested by the police in the command in lieu of her fleeing husband, said to be the leader of the four-member gang, the victim rushed to strip her naked shouting on top of her voice that the clothes belonged to her.
She was aghast that the nursing mother had the effrontery to put on the items stolen by her husband from her. Police detectives in charge of the case had to shield the nursing mother from the angry victim. She was later ferried out of the venue where the suspects were paraded to avoid the victim creating an ugly scene.
A police source hinted that the nursing mother was picked up and detained with her baby so as to lead them to her fleeing husband’s hideout. Two members of the gang were apprehended while two others, including the leader of the gang, escaped. In an interview, Busayo, who shed tears profusely, claimed that her husband bought the clothes for her from Lagos.
The nursing mother claimed that her husband is a businessman but could not say the exact business he does. According to her, the husband leaves the house in the morning and comes back late and sometimes does not return for days. Sunday Vanguard gathered that her husband, Oyeleye, took to his heels after police detectives rounded up two members of the gang, leaving behind his wife and their three-month-old baby.
It was drama galore at the police headquarters as some of the victims robbed at different places of their clothing; food items, such as tubers of yams and yam flour, salt, Maggi cubes; furniture; standing fan; motorcycles and generating sets, among others, came forward to identify them. The two suspects who were paraded, Omotayo Sunday, 23, and Olarewaju Olalekan, 22, said they recently became members of the gang. It was learnt that the suspects, who lived in lgbara Odo, Ekiti State, were arrested by detectives acting on a tip off.
They told Sunday Vanguard during an interview that they were invited to join the gang by Oyeleye, the alleged gang leader and that their first operation was unsuccessful, but police detectives punctured their claim saying they had been members of the gang from the onset. According to the detectives, the items recovered from their houses were stolen during robbery operations.
A police source hinted that the suspects resorted to carting away items such as tubers of yams and yam flour when their victims did not have enough cash to give to them during operations. It was gathered that the suspects also sold off some of the items stolen from their victims to customers within Akure metropolis.
They also broke into big shops where they carted away items such as generating sets, motorcycles, furniture and other household items The food items and the cash were shared by the suspects after every operation. Parading the two suspects, the state police commissioner, Olugbenga Adeyanju, said the suspects burgled a shop at Gaga community and carted away some goods. Adeyanju added that detectives swung into action and arrested the three suspects namely, Sunday, Olalekan and Busayo.
The police commissioner said two other members of the gang remained at large. According to him, a toy gun was found in the house of Adeniyi ltunu, one of the suspects at large, while food items, motorcycles and generating sets were recovered from the arrested suspects. Investigation, he said, was in progress while those arrested will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.