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Gang robs businessman of N3 million, set him ablaze.

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Police have arrested four suspected armed robbers who set a Lagos-based businessman, Victor Akinbile, ablaze after robbing him of N3 million in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.

Akinbile was burnt alive after he transferred the money into one of the armed robbers’ bank account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA).

He was said to have visited Osogbo and called one of his younger brothers based abroad to allow him pass the night in his house at Ikirun.

The suspects are now in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).

While parading the suspects at the state police headquarters yesterday, the Police Commissioner, Fimihan Adeoye, said, “members of a four-gang of robbers – Rasheed Waheed (35), Ahmed Rafiu (33), Owolabi Bashiru (51) all natives of Ikirun and Sunday Kayode (27) from Ondo – were all apprehended on November 27 after the police were informed about Akinbile’s disappearance.

“Friends of the late Akinbile reported to the police, on November 27, by 10.30p.m., the case of suspicious transfer of N3 million from the deceased account and the inability to reach him after he travelled to Ikirun from Lagos on November 26.

“Friends of the deceased also informed the police that Akinbile had informed them he would be passing the night at Ikirun, his home town, and return the next day but were worried about the money transferred and inability to reach him.

“The police Anti-Kidnapping and SARS team were deployed to investigate the matter and by November 29 and 30, four suspects were arrested and the burnt body and car of the victim were recovered.”

Adeoye said the police team discovered that the robbery team consisted of four men, and one of them happened to be a security guard who alerted his members that Akinbile was in town.

He added: “The gang later came to the victim’s abode, where he was passing the night, broke into the house and took the N25,000 he was having on him and equally forced him to transfer N3 million to the account of one of them.

“The police tracing the account the money was transferred to, arrested one of the robbery gang members, Ahmed Rafiu, which subsequently led to the arrest of other members of his gang.

“One of the gang members, Sunday Kayode, was however, traced and arrested in Ondo State where he relocated after their operation while the other two members were arrested in Ikirun.

“During investigation and interrogation of the suspects, the police discovered that the suspects, after robbing their victim of his cash and transferring N3 million from his account, put him in the trunk of his car and drove him to a secluded place where they set him ablaze.”

The commissioner, however, promised that the police would get to the root of the case. While shedding light on how Akinbile’s life was terminated, one of the suspects, Rafiu, said Bashiru, a night guard at the house where the deceased slept, called to inform them about the arrival of Akinbile from Lagos who was to pass the night in his brother’s house at Ikirun.
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