The Ekiti State Police command few days ago arrested two students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, for allegedly participating in a botched robbery in Igboogun community, a suburb of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The suspects, Odere Adeyanju and Sunday Tofowomo, both 28, reportedly confessed in separate statements to being National Diploma II students of Business Administration and Electrical/Electronic Engineering of the institution.
A statement in Ado-Ekiti by police spokesman, Mr Victor Olu Babayemi, on behalf of Police Commissioner Sotonye Wakama, said the suspects were caught on August 19 with three others.
The others are Oguntayo Saheed (26) – from Abeokuta, Ogun State; Adeusi Gabriel (33), a commercial motorcyclist from Ado-Ekiti; and Ibikunle Akindele, (23), a hole fabricator from Agbado-Ekiti.
All five, according to the statement, were caught with the assistance of Igboogun residents.
The suspects had allegedly been terrorising motorists on the Ijan-Ado-Ekiti road. The police said when the suspects blocked a section of the road in Igbologun village, Ado-Ekiti, the villagers alerted the police while some vigilantes mobilised against them.
The statement said the items recovered from the suspects include two locally made single barrel pistols; five rounds of live cartridges; three expended cartridges; and masks.
Wakama hailed the residents for their bravery and cooperation with the police. The police chief urged other communities to emulate them. Assuring the residents of police protection, Wakama added that no effort would be spared to rid Ekiti of criminals.