Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have busted a syndicate whose stock in trade was to rob residents of their community in Ipokia of their goats and motorcycles.
Among the arrested miscreants were two brothers, of the same parents, Sunday Avoseh, 35 and Taye Avoseh, 25. even as the third Avoseh, Segun, who has been identified as the leader of the gang, has gone into hiding.
Also arrested were two other members of the gang, Abiodun Kodewu, 37 and Salau Ogedengbe, 32.
It was gathered that the gang always went in search of goats and motorcycles, and as specialists in the act, stole them and left no traces….
Their modus, according to the suspects, was that Segun, still at large, would call other members of the gang, take them in his car and on getting to where to operate, would open the four doors of the car and be on standby, while his boys would go on hunting.
“There were times we stole as many as ten”, said Taye.
Ironically, the stolen motorcycles were ridden to the numerous creeks in the area and ferried in boats to the neighboring Benin Republic, where they sold them to their receivers.
During interrogation, Sunday said: “I have stolen just three okadas in my life. All I do was to sight them where they were parked and roll them away, without anyone knowing. For the goats, I have lost count of the number. The only time I was caught and taken to police station, my family members secured my bail. Most often, I sold the goats and sometimes slaughter and feasted with my family members”.
However, luck ran out on them when recently, when Taye Avoseh went with Abiodun Kodewu to dispossess a man of his motorcycle, during which Kodewu was arrested.
In the course of police investigation, they were able the establish the various atrocities of thefts in Ipokia axis.
No fewer than ten motorcycles have, however, been recovered from them.