An 18-year old boy, Samson Odunayo, who was arrested by men of the Ogun State police command for allegedly hacking a commercial motorcyclist, Bashiru Umaru, to death before snatching his motorcycle told journalists yesterday that he committed the crime because he needed N500 for data subscription.
According to Odunayo, who was arrested alongside two other teenagers, Sodiq Awokoya and Jimoh Rilwan on Friday, October 8, in the Ogere area of the state, were paraded before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, said the teenagers were arrested while trying to sell the motorcycle.
Odunayo who also told journalists that he was an internet fraudster, said he committed the crime because he was in urgent need of money to buy data for the subscription.
He said: “It was Sodiq that lured me into the criminal activities. It was our second operation before we were arrested. The first operation we carried out, we didn’t kill our victim, we only collected N3,500 from him.”
“I accepted to embark on the operation in order to get money for data and subscribe to the internet to do ‘yahoo yahoo’. I have not killed anyone before.”
Also paraded are 15 other suspects for various crimes, including kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.
Among those paraded are; Muhammad Abubakar (42 years) and Clinton Niche (18 years) who allegedly killed a seven-year-old boy at Agbara in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The police boss said the suspects were arrested while trying to collect a ransom from the parents of the boy.
The CP told newsmen that 25-year-old Bisi Omoniyi on October 15 for allegedly hacking a 50-year-old rival at the woman friend’s house at Ajilete in Yewa South LG.
Bankole expressed the command’s commitment to get the state rid of crime and criminality.
He said: “I want to assure the good people of Ogun State that their safety will be guaranteed at all times. We are rolling out all in our Arsenal to bring crime and criminality to the barest minimum.”
“I, therefore, call on residents of the state to cooperate with the command by giving adequate and useful information to the police. We should all join hands together to make the Gateway State one of the most peaceful states in the country.”