Akintunde Olaniyi, an ex-offender who is accused of breaking into nine stores and stealing electrical supplies, cell phones, and other stuff valued more than N34 million, has been detained by the Osun State Police Command.
In a statement released on Sunday and acquired in Osogbo, the Command’s spokeswoman, Yemisi Opalola, claimed that the suspect had broken into roughly nine establishments in the Ede metropolis before being apprehended.
Opalola claimed that Olaniyi was occasionally tried in 2018 and found guilty of a one-year prison sentence, which he saw happen in the Ile-Ife detention center.
She claims that the suspect was detained following an inquiry into a complaint made by a shop owner in the town to the A’ Divisional Police Headquarter in Ede. He said that since March 2022, his businesses had allegedly been broken into and products worth millions of naira had been taken.
She stated: “The police from Anti-vice intelligence squad immediately set investigation mechanism rolling and the suspect who claimed to be a student in one of the higher institutions in the state was arrested and one of the iPhones being a property of one of the complainants was recovered from him.
“The suspect one Akintunde Olaniyi Joy an ex-convict was convicted some times in the year 2018, imprisoned at Ile-Ife correctional centre and later released having served his one-year jail term and continues with his nefarious activities.
“During interrogation, he confessed to the alleged crime(s) and stated that sometime in March 2022, he and others at large broke into the shop of the complainant located at no. 4, Polytechnic road, Ede at midnight and carted away different types of phones valued about three million, eight hundred thousand naira only.
“On 27th April 2022 at about 2 am the same suspect and gangs robbed the same complainant shop where they tied the night guard and went away with phones worth twenty-nine million naira only. In the same modus operandi, the suspect and his accomplices at large went to the same shop on 29th May 2022 and made away with different types of phones valued at about one million, two hundred thousand naira only.”
When the investigation was over, according to Opalola, the suspect would be charged in court. She also mentioned that victims had been showing up to compare their belongings to those found with Olaniyi.