Police in Ondo have apprehended a group of alleged thieves who specialise in stealing lister generators.


Three alleged members of a cartel that specialises in stealing lister power producing engines from offices in Akure, the state capital, have been detained by the Ondo State Command.

Funmilayo Odunlami, a spokesperson for the command, told journalists in Akure on Tuesday, June 21, that detectives leapt into action after the owners contacted the police on Monday night to report their generators had been stolen.

She claimed that the offenders were apprehended after police pursued them to Ilesha, where they were apprehended along the Akure/Ilesha Expressway.

"At FUTA North Gate, a Domino Lister engine was stolen in one spot, and a VC Morgan Lister engine was stolen on the same axis. The suspects confessed to the crime after being captured in Ilesha, Osun state "PPRO has been added.

Residents were reassured by Odunlami, who stated that the suspects will be arraigned once the inquiry was completed.

Babajide Moses, the main suspect, admitted to the crime and said he used to travel down to Akure from Ikorodu in Lagos State to break into people's offices or homes to steal generators and sell them in Owode Onirin in Lagos State's Kosofe Local Government Area.

According to him, he contacted the vehicle's driver around 10 p.m. and negotiated with him while enlisting the help of some Hausa labourers to unload the generating set and load it into the vehicles.

He admitted to stealing two generating sets and disposing of them in Lagos for N200,000 each before being apprehended by a CID squad from Ondo State while transporting the generating plants to Lagos.

The 38-year-old admitted that he planned to steal one generating set before discovering that there was another one nearby, and that he chose to steal both in an office in Akure's FUTA North Gate district.

However, Bolaji Arowolo, the driver of an 18-seater Mazda bus, claimed he was hired by the key suspect, Moses, and that he had no idea the generators were taken.

He explained that he reached an agreement with the suspect, who agreed to pay N35,000 for the two generating plants that run from Akure to Ibadan.


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