Eleven robbery suspects have been arrested by the police in Oyo State with 18 assorted vehicles recovered from them.
The suspects, who were paraded yesterday at the state Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, included two ex-convicts who were released from prison few weeks ago.
Police Commissioner Leye Oyebade said the suspects have given confessional statements and they would soon be arraigned in court.
The police boss said the command would continue to improve on its strategies to ensure that the state is rid of criminals.
Oyebade said a gang of four- Olusola Adenle (37), Femi Rasaq (23), Paul Olaitan (20) and Sani Abdulahi (26) – broke into a house at Egbeda and carted away various household items.
“The suspects, who were armed, had planned to attack their victims who might want to resist.
“Investigations revealed that the hoodlums usually come from Ikire, Osun State. They are responsible for series of burglaries and robberies in Ibadan and other parts of the state,” he said.
An ex-convict, Olaitan, said he was a Mass Communication student of the Polytechnic Ibadan before he was expelled from the school.
Another ex-convict, Rasaq, said he went into crime because he was fond of it, adding that he is a trained barber.
Michael Oladele (25), who was arrested while trying to sell a Nissan vehicle in Ekiti State, said he was forced into car snatching because he had no job.
Recovered from the suspects were one locally made double barrel pistol, seven live cartridges, one Honda Accord with registration number JJJ 691AX, one Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 226 DN, anotherToyota Camry with registration number AAA 593 DL, one LG Plasma TV, one Toshiba Plasma TV, one unregistered Toyota Highlander, one green Toyota Highlander with registration number ABJ 42 KU and a grey unregistered Toyota Camry.