Police yesterday arrested two suspects for allegedly stealing pants at the Mission House of an orthodox church in Akure, the Ondo State. The suspects, Samuel Linus and Adekunke Ogundana, who were security guards posted to the church, were said to have stolen the pants of a daughter of the venerable of the church spread overnight.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, who paraded the suspects, said Linus and Ogundana were working with a security outfit and were asked to guard the church on Arakale Road on Sunday.
Joseph said a lady spread her undies in the presence of the two guards on the premises of the church in the evening of Sunday but could not find them when she woke up the next morning.
He said: “She watched her undies and spread it and the next day, she did not see the undies there. The guards were the ones that supposed to guard the place. They are the prime suspects.”
However, the suspects said they were not aware of the stolen pants as they were not allowed into house where the pants were spread.
Also, in the early hours of yesterday, the Joint Task Force set up by the state government arrested seven suspected kidnappers at Emure junction via Owo where they gathered together in a suspicious manner.
Some of the items were recovered from them, according to Joseph, were 16 locally-made guns, 17 cutlasses, 13 knives, seven handsets and N27,820. cash. They also have some food items and pieces of clothing and items suspected to be charms.
The PPRO and the Army Public Relations Officer for Owena Cantonment, Major Ojo Adenegan, said the suspects could not give a satisfactory account of their mission although they claimed to be coming from Kebbi State.
Parading the suspected kidnappers, Adenegan and Joseph said they were arrested at a hideout inside Emure-Owo forest during a raid by the task force.
Also arrested was the kidnappers’ informant who was monitoring the operations of the task force in the area.
Meanwhile, the state police command has arrested two suspected Indian hemp dealers who allegedly assassinated a 75-year-old woman, Mrs. Modupe Olorunfemi, at her Owo farm.
The suspected murderers, Sunday Femi and Friday Ami, the PPRO said, assassinated the woman in February 2017 for allegedly giving security operatives, information about their nefarious planting and selling of Indian hemp in Owo area.