Police in Ondo detain alleged thieves who are known for stealing lister generators



Three alleged members of a cartel that specializes in stealing large power generating engines from businesses in Akure, the state capital, have been detained by the Ondo State Command.

On Tuesday, June 21, when presenting the suspects to the media in Akure, the Command’s spokeswoman, Funmilayo Odunlami, revealed the detectives sprang into action after the generator owners informed the police on Monday night that their generators had been stolen.

She claimed that after police pursued the offenders to Ilesha, where they were apprehended on the Akure/Ilesha Expressway, investigations led to their detention.

“A Domino Lister engine was stolen in one location at FUTA North Gate and another VC Morgan Lister engine was stolen on the same axis. The suspects had been apprehended in Ilesha, Osun state and they confessed to the crime.” the PPRO added.

Funmilayo Odunlami, gave the locals her word that the culprits would be brought before a judge after the inquiry was over.

Babajide Moses, the primary suspect, admitted to the crime and stated that he frequently travelled from Ikorodu in Lagos State to Akure to break into people’s homes or offices and steal generators, which he then sold in Owode Onirin in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

He claims that around 10 p.m, he got in touch with vehicle’s driver and began negotiating with him. Meanwhile, he hired some Hausa labourers to help him remove the generator and load into the vehicle.

Before being apprehended by the police, he admitted to have stolen two generating sets in the past and disposed of them in Lagos for #200,000 each before been detained by the Ondo State CID team.

The 38-year-old admitted that he meant to steal one generating set but changed his mind after learning that there was another one nearby and chose to steal both in an office in Akure’s FUTA North Gate district.

Bolaji Arowolo, the driver of an 18- seater Mazda bus, however, said that Moses, the main suspect, had hired him and that he had no idea that the generators were stolen.

He clarified that after negotiating with the suspect, who agreed to pay #35,000, for the two generating sets from Akure to Ibadan, they came to an agreement.

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