A suspected armed robber wearing NSCDC uniform identified as Adeolu Bankole of Idagba quarters, Ayetoro has been arrested by Ogun State police.
Police said he had been using the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps uniform to carry out his robbery operation, until his arrest on Friday.
Some students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ayetoro campus at Ayetoro Area Command had reported that they were robbed off their belongings at gunpoint by an armed robber.
The students told the police that the suspect broke into their apartment, dressed in Civil Defense uniform and carted away their phones and laptops.
Upon the report, the Ayetoro Area Commander, ACP Anthony Haruna, detailed his men to go after Bankole.
“After hours of painstaking investigation, the detectives received information about the hideout of the suspect.
“On getting there, a bag containing six phones, one laptop, a pair of civil defense uniform and a locally made pistol was found, ” the police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi said.
Oyeyemi explained that the detectives mounted surveillance in the area, saying that at about 5pm, the suspect sneaked into his hideout – an uncompleted building.
As he moved straight to where the bag was kept, Oyeyemi said he was swiftly rounded up and taken to the station, adding that “two other stolen phones and a wrist watch were also found on him” at the time of his arrest.
“Investigation further revealed that the suspect stole the pair of civil defense uniform from a parked Toyota camry belonging to an officer of the corps in December 2020 and thereafter set the car ablaze.
The NSCDC officer has identified the uniform as his own, while complainants had been invited to the station to identify their items, it was said.