The leader of a gang of four armed robbers, who specialized in attacking petrol filling stations in Kwara state and its environs has claimed that the late governor of Kogi state, Prince Abubakar Audu supplied them gun. The state commissioner of police, Aminu Pai Saleh, while parading the suspects before newsmen at the Police headquarters in Ilorin yesterday, said that leader of the gang, one James Obaje ‘male’ 34 years, a native of Dekina in Dekina local government area of Kogi state, had confessed to being a trainee and lieutenant of one Zakari Yau, a political thug in Kogi state. The leader of the gang, during interview with journalists, also said that three AK 47 rifle, one K2 rifle and one Pump Action rifle found on them, were given to him by the campaign team of the late All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kogi state, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, during electioneering.
The police boss, who said that other members of the gang include one Nelson Yakubu ‘male’ 31 years, Ibrahim Mutari ‘male’ 33 years and Gboyega Olaoye ‘male’ 35 years, added that all the suspects are from Kogi state, but resident in Ilorin except Gbenga Olaoye who is from Ekiti local government area of Kwara state. “Sequel to reports received from some fueling stations within Ilorin metro and its suburbs of armed robbery attacks, the IGP’s Inteligence Response Team (IRT) who were detailed to Offa in the wake of Offa armed robbery attack in conjunction with F-Sars Kwara command, acting on very actionable intelligence, arrested one James Obaje ‘m’ 34 yrs a native of Dekina in Dekina local government area of Kogi State, during interrogation, he confessed to being the leader of a gang of armed robbers and also a trainee and lieutenant of one Zakari Yau, a political thug in Kogi State.
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