|N. Nkemdeme, Ogun State Police Commissioner|
A 32-year-old hairdresser who often seduced men and thereafter sent armed robbers after them has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command.
Miss Biodun Bamgboye, who until her arrest was residing at Abiola Way, Abeokuta, the state capital, was an alleged informant for a robbery gang which specialised in snatching vehicles.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nicholas Nkemdeme, on Monday paraded the woman alongside 10 other suspects who were arrested in various parts of the state for armed robberies.
Nkemdeme, who said that some incriminating items were found on the suspects, added that the police command recovered five vehicles and two motorcycles from them.
The vehicles included a Toyota Sienna XLE with registration number Lagos GGE 532 AA, Honda Odyssey with registration number Lagos KJA 702 AE, Honda Accord with number plate Lagos DW 439 LSD, Mercedes Benz Kompressor with number plate X 714 GKK and Toyota Starlet with registration number Ogun 395 FFF.
The suspects included a vehicle dealer and a man who allegedly acted as the spiritual consultant for the gang.
According to the police boss, Biodun and her boyfriend, Maruf (now at large), used to set up men and thereafter rob them of their vehicles.
Nkemdeme said, “The lady, Biodun Bamgboye, first tried to be friendly with her victims, who were usually men riding big cars. So, when she went out with such men, she would phone her accomplices to come and snatch the car.
“The gang has been doing this for a while now, terrorising innocent citizens and dispossessing them of their belongings. Fortunately, our men were able to arrest them. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
The commissioner said the two Bajaj motorcycles recovered from the suspects were sold at N20,000 each by the suspects.
He attributed the arrest of the suspects to combined efforts of the police and various communities in the state.
Nkemdeme advised people of the state to adhere strictly to security measures put in place by law enforcement agencies in a bid to reduce crime rate.
Speaking with reporters amid sobs, Biodun regretted her actions.
The suspect, however, blamed her runaway boyfriend for coercing her into the crime through an oath.
She said, “My boyfriend, Maruf, who lived at Obantoko area, Abeokuta, introduced me to this. We have been in the relationship for over one and half years now.
“I warned him against crime but he forced me into the robbery after saying that I will die if I don’t comply with him because of the oath we swore to.”