By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a 23-year-old serial burglar, recovering 16 iPhones and two laptops among others.
The Commissioner of Police(CP) in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, disclosed this in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Adewale Osifeso, on Tuesday.
Onadeko said the police operatives attached to Felele Division, arrested the suspect on Saturday in connection with a case of burglary and stealing which occurred around 8pm, on December 28, at Choice Plaza, Challenge, Ibadan.
According to the CP, mobile phones and accessories worth N2,000,000 were stolen during the burglary.
She said the painstaking, diligent investigations and swift deployment of intelligence and tactical assets led to the arrest of the suspect.
Onadeko said the suspect, who was in possession of the stolen items including 16 iPhone mobile phones, a white earpiece, one unbranded white-coloured earpod, a Sony Vio laptop, one Dell laptop and a black shuttle bag, was tracked and apprehended.
“Preliminary investigations and voluntary confessions made by the suspect revealed that he broke into the mobile phone and accessories shop at Choice Plaza, Challenge, Ibadan, with the intent of stealing and reselling the items,” the CP said.
She said that efforts were ongoing to break into the suspect’s criminal network.
Onadeko urged “the good people of Oyo State to cooperate with the command by providing credible and timely information that would help maintain the relative peace and tranquillity enjoyed in the state.”