45-year-old, Yinka Oyeniran, who was arrested after he hid a Toyota Camry snatched by his gang members in a church has been remanded in prison custody after his case was charged to court last Friday.
Forty-five-year old Oyeniran was arraigned in Magistrates’ Court 2, Iyaganku, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and robbery. He was accused of conspiring with others at large to
dispossess a woman of her Toyota Camry car with registration number LSR 292 AT in Ibadan, along with other valuables.
Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, had told journalists recently that Oyeniran was arrested in his church in Gbongan, Osun State through the collaborative efforts of policemen from Oyo and Osun States who laid ambush for him after they traced a car that was snatched in Ibadan, Oyo State, to the church premises.
Apparently Oyeniran deceived his church members by pretending to be a fervent and devout christian, an indigene of Gbongan but farms in Modakeke town, Osun State hold told his pastor and memebers of his church to rejoice with him over the purchase of his new car but unknown to the pastor, it was a stolen car he snatched from a woman in Ibadan.
The suspect who was paraded by the Oyo state Police command when questioned revealed names of his other gang members and confessed he had gone for robbery on two or three occasions but denied ever using a gun, saying that the guns they were using belonged to other members.
Describing how the operation was carried out, Oyeniran had said that it was Taiye who held the gun while he held a pipe they used in threatening their victim. He also said he was the one who collected their victim’s money, handsets as well as car key while Taiye demanded for the original documents of the car and removed its number plates. He however said he tore the documents into shreds and threw them into the bush on the way to Gbongan so as to avoid the scrutiny of policemen on the highway.
Before Oyeniran confessed his deeds, he had initially denied snatching the car, telling the police that he bought the vehicle for N1million from Taiye who purchased it from Cotonou in Republic of Benin. The accused said he paid N200,000 upfront and gave an additional N300,000 when the car was brought, claiming that he was still owing Taiye a balance of N500,000.
Other items recovered from the suspect, according to the PPRO, included one unregistered red Honda motorcycle, one red Nissan Sunny car with registration number AP 406 SGB, a bunch of keys and a rectum cable wire
The sitting magistrate in Court 2, Mrs Oyediran, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till November 19, 2013.
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