by Akan Ido

The Ekiti State police command have announced the arrest of 15 students of a polytechnic in Kwara State for armed robbery.

According to the police spokesman, Victor Babayemi, the students allegedly attacked two filling stations in Otun-Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area and dispossessed the attendants of the sales proceeds for that day.

They reportedly carried out the robbery operation on December 14 using a white bus with number plate ‘SUG 002 Thunder Attack’.

They were later arrested at Omuo Ekiti, a border town between Ekiti and Kogi State.

According to the police statement: “The police were alerted to the operations of a 15-man robbery gang that invaded two filling stations at Otun-Ekiti, with a white unregistered bus, but marked ‘SUG 002 Thunder Attack’.

“The gang, which was found to be made up of students of a polytechnic in Kwara State, beat up the attendants of the filling stations, destroyed their dispensing pumps and dispossessed them of their sales proceeds while brandishing dangerous weapons.

“On receiving the information, police patrol teams were dispatched to seal off the exit routes in the state. And, before long, the gang was intercepted at Omuo-Ekiti, the boundary town between Ekiti and Kogi states and the occupants were arrested.”
The suspects are; Mustapha AbdulQuadri, (24); Yusuf Rahman (27); Suleiman Abdul Rasak (30); Akorede Adewole (25); Ayandara Phillip (21); Lukman Amunulahi (24); Ajiboye Olamilekan (21); Abdulganiyu Suleiman, (22); and Alabi Oluwatoyosi, (24).
Others are Adebayo Michael (32); Alabi Olumide (25); Fatai Kabir (27); Ajibare Moshood (20); Aliyu Usman (27); and Olanipekun Abimbola (24).
Babayemi said the police recovered identity cards of some of them, adding that they confessed that they were students of a polytechnic.
“We recovered the identity cards which showed that they are students of the school. We have written to the school about our findings and we are expecting their response,” he added.

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