Two robbery suspects, who allegedly escaped from the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ondo state police command, Akure, were said to have charmed the officers on duty to escape.
The suspects, Bukola Adeoye and Rotimi Adeyeye, were apprehended for robbery in Akure some weeks ago but found their way out of police custody with handcuffs.
It was gather that the police arrested a girlfriend of one of the suspects Loveth Ogbu, who told the police that she never knew that her boyfriend was a robber. The police paraded her alongside five other robbery suspects who were alleged to be members of Adeyeye and Adeoye’s gang.
Ogbu, said: “I am Rotimi’s (Adeyeye) girlfriend. We lived together in the Ijoka area of Akure. I did not know that he was an armed robber until he was arrested by policemen. The policemen told me that he and his friend, Bukola (Adeoye) were armed robbers.
“When they were in police custody, his elder brother, Barrister, gave two of them juju (charm) to use on the policemen on duty. He also helped them to remove the handcuffs after they escaped.
“They used the juju on the policemen so that they could escape, the policemen on duty were hypnotised, so they were able to escape.”
The state commissioner of police, Gbenga Adeyanju, who paraded the suspects, said: “On July 17, 2018, detectives received information that the escaped armed robbery suspects, Bukola Adeoye and Rotimi Adeyeye were taking cover in the house of one Loveth Ogbu, and she was arrested.
“During interrogation, she confessed that the escaped armed robbery suspects were in Ore. Based on the confession, the police arrested one Felix Eteti, who was a member of the gang. Detectives trailed the robbers to Christ Foundation Primary School, Ore, and on sighting the detectives, the robbers opened fire on them. During the exchange of gunfire, one of the armed robbery suspects, Bukola Adeoye, sustained gunshot injury and died a few hours after being admitted into a hospital.”
The commissioner of police added that Adeyeye was able to escape from being re-arrested by the police.