Three (3) tricycle drivers; Lawal Bidemi AbdulRaheem, Olalekan Azeez and Opeloyeru Kayode have been arrested for conspiring to steal three-hundred (300) bags of cement from a warehouse at the Sandtrust quarry company.
The suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Awa ijebu divisional headquarters, by a staff of the company, who reported that, he saw some people in a bush very close to the quarry loading cement into their tricycles, that the cements is suspected to have been stolen from the warehouse of their company.
Upon the report, the DPO Awa ijebu Division, CSP Adewalehinmi Joshua, mobilized his patrol team and moved to the scene and on sighting the policemen, the suspects took to their heels, but they were hotly chased, and three (3) amongst them were apprehended.
During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have stolen the cements from the warehouse of Sandtrust quarry, and that they used their tricycles to convey it to the bush, from where they were taking it to the buyers in batches. They also confessed to have sold parts of the stolen cements to their customers before they were caught.
Fifthy-one (51) bags of cement were recovered from them in the bush, another 20 bags were recovered from one of the buyers, while the three (3) tricycles they used for the operation were also impounded.
The suspects, who were arrested on the 2nd of June 2021, were granted administrative bail pending when the strike embarked upon by the judicial staff workers will be called off so as to arraign them in court.
Surprisingly, the suspects jumped bail and went ahead to accuse the DPO of demanding bribe from them, and that their refusal to bribe him made him not to release their tricycles.
They were subsequently traced to their hideout in ijebu ode where they were rearrested yesterday, Saturday,June 26, 2021.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered that the suspects be charged to court without further delay. He also directed that their other accomplices as well as their buyers be hunted for and brought to justice.