The Police in Ondo State said it has arrested a 39-year-old motorcycle snatcher, Dolapo Babalola, who allegedly killed his childhood friend, one Evangelist Opeyem Oyelakin, and stole his motorcycle.

The state command’s spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, who made the disclosure, yesterday, in Akure, said the incident happened at Ondo town in Ondo State. She said the suspect was arrested following the complaint received on March 25 that a motorcycle, marked KAK 136 VF, was stolen and the rider was nowhere to be found. Odunlami-Omisanya  said consequent upon the report, detectives swung into action and arrested one Babalola on the same date.

She said during interrogations, the suspect confessed that “the said Opeyemi Oyelakin, the ‘deceased’, was his childhood friend, and they had not seen for a very long time until March 14, 2024”.

The PPRO explained that the suspect and one Sikiru Mutiu, aka S.K., still at large, on March 15, deceived the said Opeyemi Oyelakin, ‘deceased’, to carry them on his motorcycle to their farm at Oke-Igbo Area.

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“As soon as they dropped, Mutiu gripped Oyelakin from behind while the suspect used stick and stone to hit him on his head and the victim died. The body was dragged to a shallow pit, and they covered it with leaves before his motorcycle was stolen,” the PPRO quoted the suspect as saying.

Odunlami-Omisanya, who said the suspect took the detectives to the scene of the crime, where the criminal act was perpetrated, said the body, together with the stick and stone used in carrying out the crime, were recovered. The PPRO said the suspect stated that he has a large syndicate and had been into the business of snatching motorcycles since 2021.

“Since 2021, the suspect has snatched uncountable number of motorcycles, and he normally used sticks and stones on his victims while his operational zones are; Ondo town, Akure, Ekiti, Ilesha and Ife town. Meanwhile, the command is intensifying efforts to get everyone connected to the crime arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” she said. The PPRO, therefore, warned members of the public, particularly motorcycle riders, to be mindful of the type of people they carry and the terrains they enter with their motorcycles.