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Amotekun nabs Ekiti man for stealing farmer’s okada


A 20-year-old man simply identified as Temitope has been arrested by operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Ekiti State on Monday for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

The PUNCH reports that a 65-year-old farmer, Oluwafemi Ilori, bought the motorcycle on November 22 but it was stolen two days after at Ise Ekiti in the Ise-Orun Local Government Area of the state.

Narrating his ordeal, Ilori revealed that he “was attending to someone inside when my wife drew my attention that my motorcycle was not where” he parked it beside his house.

Ilori subsequently “reported the matter to the police and Amotekun” after being tipped off by some witnesses who spotted two suspects with a motorcycle.

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“While we were searching for it, some Benin Electricity Distribution Company workers around there said they noticed two men rode recklessly on a motorcycle,” he added.

Prior to Temitope’s arrest yesterday, the Ekiti State Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd), said operatives of the security outfit had been on the trail of the suspect since the incident happened.

About two weeks after the theft, the identified suspect was finally caught while eating at Ise Ekiti on Monday.

Komolafe added that “the motorcycle, which the suspect had tampered with as well, has been recovered. The suspect will be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution,” added.

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Upon interrogation, Temitope gave a revealed that the motorcycle was given to him by a man on November 25 for commercial purposes.

He said, “I have since been working and delivering N1,500 to the man called Busuyi daily. I do not know anything further about him. I have been giving him daily returns at a hotel. I do not know his house or where he is from. When I was arrested, we went to the hotel, but we could not find him.

“He did not give the keys or the papers of the motorcycle to me. I have means of starting and stopping the engine of the motorcycle. The fuel tank is permanently open in case I want to refuel it since there is no key.”

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Meanwhile, Ilori who owns the motorcycle confirmed that he is in possession of the keys.

“I bought it two days earlier at N300,000. The keys are with me. The suspects broke the locks and ignition. They even painted the motorcycle so that it would not be recognised,” he said.

As of the time of filing this report, the local security outfit or the police have not released the identity of a possible chief suspect indicted by Temitope.