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Police arrest alleged burglar, recover N577,000 goods

The Ogun Police Command has arrested a suspected burglar identified as Idris Salawu and recovered stolen items worth N577,000 from him.

The items, our correspondent learnt, were taken from a house in the Liberty Area of Ogijo, located in the Sagamu Area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered on Thursday that the incident occurred on Wednesday.

A police source who was privy to the incident but was not authorised to speak told our correspondent on Thursday that the suspect was apprehended at a hideout, where the stolen items were recovered.

Our correspondents gathered that the suspect, along with some yet-to-be-identified accomplices, who are currently on the run, allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Idris Salawu.

The cop said, “The victim returned to him and discovered that it had been burgled. He immediately reported the theft to the station. Some of the things that went missing include a generator that was valued at N80,000, a gas cylinder valued at N20,000 and a rechargeable fan valued at N60,000.

“Other things that were declared missing were an Orl fan valued at N50,000, a blender machine valued at N20,000, a Storex tank valued at N67,000, two packs of plates valued at N200,000, and different female jewellery valued at N80,000.”

Our correspondents gathered that the operatives from the Ogijo Divisional Headquarters swiftly acted and raided a suspected hideout, resulting in the arrest of the suspect while others escaped.

Confirming the incident, state police command spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, stated that an investigation and manhunt were underway to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

“We are making efforts to nab the other suspects, and then, after the investigation is concluded, they will be arraigned in court for prosecution,” Odutola said.

PUNCH Metro reports that incidents of burglary and robbery have been increasing in the state. Recently, a suspected burglar, Olalekan Babatunde, allegedly broke into a shop in the Ogijo area and stole items including a generator and laptop, valued at N729,000.

Babatunde was arrested after the shop owner reported the burglary to the police, prompting immediate action from the Ogijo Division. He reportedly confessed to the crime.


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