A suspected armed robber, Akeem Popoola, who is currently in police custody at the Agbado Police Division, Ogun State, has confessed that a police Inspector, Festus, aka Ijaya, attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, was his partner in crime.
The 21-year-old suspect said he had worked for Inspector Festus who used him to swindle unsuspecting victims for about four months before he was arrested in the Giwa area of Agbado, the Punch reports.
Popoola who hails from Oke Ona, Abeokuta state was arrested for robbery and burglary.
The suspect who worked as a carpenter confessed that apart from burglary, he was also involved in the collection of stolen phones from the Inspector and he would later sell them.
The Inspector and two others: Abbey and Aluko, would then get the buyers arrested minutes later for buying stolen items.
Popoola said, “After arresting the buyers, they would pay between N120, 000 and N150, 000 before they were released.
“That’s how Ijaya made money and I got N5, 000 as my share on each deal.
“In November 2015, one of my father’s tenants and I fought. When my daddy came back home on that day, she reported me to him and he handed me over to Inspector Festus at the state police command headquarters, Ikeja.
“He told him I was too troublesome and wanted him to discipline me. But he (Ijaya) did not. He took me to a beer parlor at Alakuko and gave me N5, 000. I was very surprised.
“Two days after, we met at another beer parlour around Agbado, where I was made to swear an oath. He brought out a gun and put some gin inside the barrel. He drank from it and gave me the gun to do same.
“He said he would be sending me on some errands. He gave me a mobile phone and drove me in his Toyota Camry to POWA complex in Ikeja.
“He told me to sell the phone inside the complex which I did for N20, 000. After an hour, he handcuffed me and took me in his car with his boys – Abbey and Aluko – to the man that bought the phone.
“He arrested the man and told him to pay N200, 000 if he did not want to be taken to the station. The man raised N150, 000 among his friends in that complex and gave him.
“When we left there, he removed the handcuffs and gave me N5, 000 and we departed.
“The second deal I had with Ijaya was an iPad I sold to another unsuspecting victim around Ikeja.
“I got a N5, 000 share from the N150, 000 bribe the inspector allegedly collected from the buyer, whom the inspector trapped on grounds that he had a stolen property in his possession.
“I got tired and scared of the job. When I decided to quit, Ijaya refused and threatened that we had sworn an oath and that I would die if I backed out from the deal or revealed it to my father.
The spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the police were on the trail of Ijaya and his accomplices.
He added that the case had been transferred to the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
According to him, “The suspect was arrested for robbery and burglary. He mentioned Ijaya and some others and we have commenced investigation.
“If any of them is actually a policeman, we are going to send a signal to the command he is attached to and he will be arrested,” Adejobi added.