The Ogun State Police Command has taken a significant step towards addressing a case of substantial loss on a local farm, as it apprehended a suspect, Olumuyiwa, in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a large number of valuable chickens. The missing poultry was estimated to be worth an astounding N8 million.
Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Omolola Odutola, revealed this crucial development in an official statement released on Sunday. Odutola conveyed that the arrest came as a result of a formal complaint lodged by the farm’s director, referred to simply as Bamgbose.
According to Odutola, the farm director reported that upon careful counting, it was discovered that over 1,300 chickens, collectively valued at N8 million, were unaccounted for. The director expressed deep concern over the significant damage inflicted on the poultry farm, especially during the ongoing challenging economic climate.
In response to the complaint, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, issued directives for an immediate preliminary investigation into the matter. As a result, one suspect has been taken into custody.
“The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, has been briefed and he has ordered more investigation. A preliminary investigation has commenced and the suspect has been apprehended and is presently in police custody to ascertain the extent or veracity of theft if he was stealing from the poultry farm and selling or eating them, all that will be made known soon to members of the public,” Odutola stated.
Additionally, the Ogun State Police Command has also made another arrest, this time involving a man named Shobakin, who is suspected of stealing a motorcycle and generator in the Odeda area of the state.
According to Odutola’s separate statement, “The Divisional Police Officer in Odeda has started the investigation into the arrest of one Shobakin who was brought to the station by one Ojerinde Opeoluwa of Agbekoya Solidarity Movement of Nigeria on Sunday. The suspect had a dismantled unregistered motorcycle, one single-barrel gun, two Dane guns and one Tiger generating set.”
Odutola emphasized that the suspect’s explanations regarding the source of the items have been inadequate. Until Shobakin can provide a credible account of the items’ origins, the case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Eleweran for a comprehensive investigation.
“This is a case of community theft based on intelligence sharing from other security outfits in the state. After the investigation, the suspect will be properly charged or otherwise,” Odutola concluded.