Men of the Ekiti state police command have arrested eleven persons suspected to have participated in the attack on a police station in Ikere Ekiti during the #EndSARS protest in 2020.
The suspects which include a young lady were among 17 persons apprehended for various crimes in the state and paraded to the newsmen yesterday at the Command’s headquarters in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sunday Abutu alleged that the arrested persons were also behind some recent kidnappings and armed robbery in the state.
Abutu gave the suspects names as: Adewumi Gbenga, Samson Gideon, Ogundare Tobi, Adamolekun Lekan, Olanipekun Daniel, Daramola Tope, Mayowa Ojo, Alaba Ayobami, Aremo Olatunji Oladele, Adebayo Peter and Abiodun Bosede.
He said, “On 15/09/2023 at about 09:30hrs, base on a credible tip off that some suspected cultists who usually rob innocent citizens of their valuables were planning another armed robbery attack from their hideout in Ikere-Ekiti, the Command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) immediately mobilized to the scene and arrest them.
“Upon search, one AK-47 rifle was recovered from the suspects. Investigation revealed that the suspects partook in the attack and set ablaze of Afao Divisional Police Headquarters, Ikere-Ekiti during the ENSARS protest in 2020 and carted away the AK-47 rifle amongst other arms and valuables from the station.
“It was revealed that the AK-47 rifle is part of the arms used to rob one Olasunkanmi Joseph of the cash sum of three million, five hundred thousand naira(#3,500,00:00) at Irona roundabout, Ado-Ekiti on 06/04/2023 where the victim was killed on the spot.
“Further finding showed that Adewumi Gboyega, a drug Baron and present leader of the group masterminded the kidnapping of one Falana Opeyemi on 11/07/2023 in Ikere-Ekiti whose whereabouts remains unknown till date”.
The police spokesman who added that the suspects confessed to be members of the supreme Eiye Confraternity cult group in Ikere-Ekiti during interrogation said RRS operatives have intensified efforts towards arresting one Ojo Àlaba, Omotoso Sunday, Alabi Babatunde and other fleeing suspects and recover of other possible stolen arms and ammunition.
Also, one Faponmile Mathew was arrested for attempting to kill one Ijadale Francis and Emmanuel Boluwatife , a filling station attendant by seriously assaulting and inflicting high degree of injuries on them at Dove Filling Station, Aramoko-Ekiti.