Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Police declare doctor wanted for alleged robbery

The FCT P, who is at large, is said to be the proprietor of Vital Care Hospital in Kubwa, Abuja.

He is alleged to be the leader of a robbery and car- snatching gang, which operates in Abuja.

The police yesterday paraded five members of his gang at the FCT Police Command headquarters.

They are Sunday Okhomode, Meshak James, Amusu Koku (a painter who specialises in changing the colours of stolen vehicles); Kunle Obajemi,(a printer who is an expert in changing chassis numbers on the dashboards) and Suleiman Isa, a goldsmith who buys stolen jewellery from the gang.

The police said four pistols with eight rounds of live ammunition and a face mask, hidden in a bag in the office of the doctor, were recovered during execution of a search warrant in the suspect’s hospital.

On how the gang operates, FCT Police Commissioner Sadiq Bello said: “I alerted the public last year to the activities of a robbery gang, whose modus operandi is to gain access to homes by blaring horns at the gates.

“These criminals, who operate in the evening, come in heavily-tinted vehicles. When they get to the entrance of their victims, they will blare the horns, the gatemen will assume they are family members, or relations, or friends. They will open the gates. Then the hoodlums will rob the occupants of their cars and other valuables, especially jewellery.”

He went on: “I am happy to tell you today that the FCT Command has bust one of the gangs responsible for such evil acts.

“The gang is led by Dr. Ola Solomon Jimade, the proprietor of Vital Care Hospital in Kubwa, who is on the run. Five members of the gang have been arrested. They are cooperating with the police.

“The arrest followed a reported case of robbery at a house in Maitama, Abuja last November when a BMW X6 vehicle, quantities of gold and other valuables worth millions of naira were stolen by the robbers.

“Upon receipt of complaint, the command through the Specia1 Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) began discreet investigation, which led to the arrest of the suspects and recovery of the vehicle.

“During investigation, five vehicles, whose colours have been changed, were recovered. Four of them have been identified by their owners, who were robbed at gunpoint.

“If anybody knows the whereabouts of Dr. Jimade, said to be an indigene of Ife Olukotun community in Yagba East, Kogi State, he should report at the nearest police station.”

The command also nabbed Destiny Abang, who hails from Boki East in Cross River State.

He was arrested while trying to steal a car from where it was parked in Area 8, Garki, Abuja.

The CP said: “During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have stolen cars in Garki and its environs. Most of the vehicles were taken to Boki in Cross River State where they were sold. Discreet investigation led to the recovery of the 13 stolen cars.”

He said investigation was on to recover more vehicles and arrest other members of the gang.

The police boss urged car owners to install anti-theft gadgets in their vehicles, to reduce thefts.

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