A 49-year-old man who impersonated a soldier has been arrested in Ogun State for shooting a motor boy to death.
A 49-year-old man who has been impersonating a soldier has been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly shooting a motor boy identified as Razaq, to death in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Punch reports that the suspect, Tunde Olatunbosun, was arrested after he shot the deceased at a car wash bay located at Leme area of the town on April 29, 2017, before fleeing to the Republic of Togo.
While parading the suspect alongside other suspects, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Ilyasu, stated the incident leading to the murder of Razaq followed an argument between the suspect and the victim.
“On April 29, at Alaja car wash in Leme area of Abeokuta, one man named Olatunbosun Tunde, who brought his unregistered Sienna car to wash was engaged in an argument with a motor boy identified as Razaq.
The argument came up over claims by the suspect that the vehicle which the deceased was working on obstructed his own vehicle.
All of a sudden, the suspect who was dressed in military camouflage knickers, brought out a gun and shot the motor boy at a close range and the boy died on the spot.
The suspect quickly rushed to his car and fled the scene leaving no trace whatsoever."
Ilyasu went further by saying that when the incident was reported to the police, he placed his men on red alert and the police, through the deployment of 'technically-driven-intelligence- investigation', traced the suspect to the Republic of Togo and lured him back to Nigeria where he was eventually arrested.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is a leader of a notorious armed gang terrorizing Abeokuta and its environs.
His gang is said to be into snatching of vehicles, kidnapping and impersonating military officers to dupe unsuspecting members of the public,” he said.
The suspect who spoke to newsmen on the murder of the motor boy, described it as a mistake.
"I only wanted to use the gun to harass and scare him in the course of the argument. The motor boy was dragging the gun with me and I never knew the gun was not in safety-catch and it eventually triggered off.
I am not a robber. I am a motor dealer and I only use my licensed gun to scare away criminals who often trouble me in the course of my business. I sincerely regret my action.”
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The CP added that the police recovered some dangerous weapons from the suspect including one Aver pump action gun with serial number 15-0083, 43 live cartridges, seven pairs of different vehicle number plates, one camouflage army knicker and two camouflage army trousers.
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