The Ogun State Police Command’s officers have detained two people for robbing traders with a toy gun: Nweke Joshua, 19, and Chioma Okafor, 29.
The suspects were detained last Friday while conducting a robbery operation in the Mowe neighborhood of the Obafemi-Owode local government’s Adesan area.
This information was released in a statement on Sunday by SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state’s police public relations officer.
Following a distress call that was received at the Mowe divisional headquarters at around 9:30 on Friday night, according to Oyeyemi, the suspects were apprehended.
The PPRO said that the police were told that armed robbers have invaded a foodstuff shop, owned by one Johnson Nwokoro at Safari Junction Adesan and have started dispossessing the owner of the day’s sales.
He said “upon the distress call, the DPO Mowe division, SP Folake Afeniforo, quickly mobilised the division’s patrol team and the so safe corpsmen to the scene where the two suspects were arrested.
“On searching them, it was discovered that they came to rob the shop with toy guns which looked perfectly like original pistols.
“On interrogation, the 19 years old Nweke Joshua, informed the police that it was Chioma Okafor who came up with the idea of carrying out the robbery operation in order for them to have some money.
“He stated further that it was Chioma who bought the two toy guns and gave him one to use for the operation.
“They went to the shop and pretended like customers, but they suddenly brought out guns and ordered the shop owner to hand over all money in his possession to them.
“Luck ran out of them when police and so safe corpsmen arrived at the scene before they can escape.”
The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.
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