Mother, son in police net for armed robbery, cultism

Arrest killers of Ekiti Assembly member

A middle-aged woman, Bola Obamoyegun, whose two sons are currently serving terms in prison, is among 29 suspects of various crimes paraded by the police in Ekiti State, on Tuesday in what the command described as “a major breakthrough for us and our society.”

Among the suspects paraded also on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Amba Asuquo, was Dele Obamoyegun, 27, who is another son of Bola’s sons.

Dele was arrested along with five other suspects for alleged armed robbery, murder and cultism while his mother was nabbed for “conspiracy, armed robbery and receiving stolen property.”

According to CP Amba Asuquo, “it was revealed from an investigation that some of the properties stolen by the suspects are Dele’s share from the proceeds of armed robbery operating carried out by his gang.”

Mrs Obamoyegun admitted to newsmen that her sons are serving terms for Crimes she didn’t disclose and also admitted that Dele is her son.

She also claimed that “only one plasma TV set was what her son brought home,” and added that “nearly all the 10 mobile handsets they found in my house are not working.”

According to CP Asuquo, the six-man robbery gang, to which Dele belonged, also allegedly admitted to killing a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Michael Adedeji.

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He gave the names of the other all-male gang members as Idowu Sunday aka Longer, 25; Adeniyi Wumi, aka Wumi Woro, 23; Leye Ojo, aka Danku, 26; Akindahunsi Damilola, aka Akure, 22; and Olaosebikan Babatunde, 48.

Forty-year-old Hon Adedeji, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker that represented Ekiti South West Constituency II, was shot in the head on August 10, 2018, at GRA, Ado Ekiti capital city and died a few days later.

Asuquo said he had confessed to the crime and had also admitted to killing one Kayode Omowaye when they raided OJAS Pleasure Hotels in Oye Ekiti also on August 10, 2018.

He said exhibits recovered from the suspects were cut-to-size barrel guns; 17 live cartridges; 75 handsets, seven laptop computers, cash sum of N147,000; four stolen vehicles, one of which he said belonged to the late Omowaye, among other exhibits.

The CP said the suspects were arrested by men and officers of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) during a stop and search operation at Ado-Iworoko road.

Dele Obamoyegun, who said he’s the gang leader, told newsmen that “we shot Adedeji after robbing him. He did not struggle with us but one of us just shot him. I have to confess, we didn’t know he was a lawmaker.”

The Ekiti CP said what was most disturbing was that Dele’s mother, Bola was “the one accepting and concealing stolen items for the robbery gang being led by her son,” and added that the robbery gang also invaded Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) junior staff quarters and snatched a car belonging to one Mrs Bosede Ojo.

The Ekiti CP said: “Dele’s mother was the one concealing stolen items for them. As we speak, two of her children had been convicted for robbery and this to us was a failure of motherhood. Our parents must learn how to make their children responsible.”

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