The Ekiti State Police Command has recovered a cache of recharge cards worth N2.2m from a gang of armed robbers, who invaded a telecommunication company in the State recently.
The men of the underworld were paraded in Ado-Ekiti by the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu.
Lakanu said the suspects had invaded an industry named Card Mega System Limited in Ilawe Ekiti on August 22, where they made away with recharge cards worth N4.1m.
He said upon receiving a distress call, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad pursued the robbers, engaged them in gun battle and recovered parts of the stolen goods.
The Police boss said items like Toshiba Laptop Computer, and a variety of GSM Phones valued at N178,000, were also stolen during the midnight
“The operatives also approached the telecommunication Company to block the remainders that are yet to be recovered to prevent unsuspecting members of the public from using them,” the CP added.
Lakanu said the command had also arrested and detained one Abraham Kayode, 35 for allegedly defiling an eight-year old primary three pupil on September 28 under the guise of sending her on errand.
He said investigation revealed that the suspect had been an alleged serial pedophile .
The Police also arrested one Shuaibu Ojo at Emure Ekiti on October 12, for allegedly breaking into a residential building and raped a 17-year-old girl .
The Command also paraded one Akinsola Faleye, an alleged unrepentant
criminal, who was recently released from prisons having been sentenced to jail for robbing one Victor Yusuf at gunpoint.
The Police Commissioner said the Command also foiled a robbery operation with the aid of a vigilance group at Olorunsogo in Ado Ekiti on September 4 during which one Femi Abegunde was arrested after robbing some victims of a sum of N662,000, gold lace , phones and Automated Teller Machine.
He promised to make the state a no-go-area for robbers in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, that every Nigerian must be protected.
The Police boasted that his men had improved on its intelligence gathering to be able to guide them in taking proactive actions to prevent crimes.
“However, protection of lives and property is the responsibility of all , hence, I have been meeting with relevant stakeholders to garner their supports in the task at hand. I have met with Bankers’ Forum, Hoteliers’ Association, Drivers’ Unions and Independent Petroleum Marketers.
“I also crave their indulgence for a continuous partnership through provision of useful information that can help in preventing and detection of crime. I want to allay their fears as any information given to us shall be treated with maximum confidentiality,” Lakanu assured.