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A robbery suspect in the custody of the Ogun state police command, 31 year old Ganiyu Wasiu has started confessing and helping the police in their investigation of the robbery incident in which he was arrested.
Wasiu was arrested on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, shortly after he and his gang shot and injured a police officer, -the DPO of Ogbere Police Division.
The suspect was among the suspects paraded by the state commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the headquarters of Ogun State Police Command, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
He said the leader of his gang actually pulled the trigger that shot the DPO. Wasiu said the police boss was shot when he burst into their room in a hotel and declared them to be under arrest.
Wasiu also told Journalists that he once worked as a bike rider with the dreaded armed robber, Abiodun Egunjobi a.k.a. Godogodo who was arrested on August 1, 2013 after he had killed several people, including policemen during his operations.
According to Wasiu, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, “I was an okada operator. I was among those who shot the DPO of Ogbere Division. Three of us were involved – Azeez, Mungo Park and I.
“The DPO never offended us. Three of us lodged in a hotel at Itele-Ijebu, and at a point, Azeez said he wanted to go and buy food. Immediately he left, the DPO entered the room we were in and asked for the number of people there. We told him we were two.
“He then brought out his gun and told us to kneel down; that we were under arrest. Mungo Park had hidden a gun under the bed and he quickly brought it out and fired at the DPO.
“Immediately he was brought down, I ran out of the room, but I heard more shots. Mungo Park called me back, telling me to pick the DPO’s gun. We then took his gun and escaped from the hotel into the bush. The DPO was not the only police personnel in the hotel at that time; there were about six other policemen, but when they heard guns firing, the rest moved to other locations in the hotel.
“From where we hid in the bush, we called Azeez and warned him not to go to the hotel again because of what happened. Azeez was the one who initially booked the hotel for us, so he said he would get a commercial motorcyclist to take us out of the bush.
Before we left, Mungo Park gathered our guns and the ones taken from the DPO together and buried them somewhere in the bush. Unfortunately for us, as we came out of the bush, we saw operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state and were arrested.”
Wasiu also revealed that he had once been an inmate at Agodi Prisons, Ibadan, Oyo State, over a case of stolen motorcycle. “I was living in Ibadan then, and I purchased a motorcycle on instalment payment basis.
“Unfortunately, the motorcycle was stolen at Felele area of the city and I was arrested and arraigned in court in 2013. I was in prison for three years. I returned to Ijebu in Ogun State after my release.
Before he was remanded in prison, the suspect said he used to carry the notorious armed robber, Godogodo with his motorcycle.
“Godogodo used to send me on errand. Sometimes, he would ask me to go and deliver a bag containing guns and ammunition to one of his gang members popularly called 30-kobo.
“That was around 2013. But by the time Godogodo was arrested, I was already in prison,” Wasiu further told Saturday Tribune.