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How Ekiti Assembly Armed Robbery Suspect was Arrested

A suspect has been detained in connection with the burglary at the Ekiti State House of Assembly last Thursday. Two plasma television sets were stolen.

The burglary was said to have shocked the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, and other lawmakers, who reportedly called in the police to investigate the matter.
It was gathered yesterday that the police arrested four persons and later released three.

The burglary, which is the third in recent times, was reported at the New Iyin Road Police Station.

A source said the chief suspect, a son of a senior Assembly worker, told the police all he knew about the crime.

The imprint of the sole of the suspect’s shoe on the chair in one of the offices, where one of the TV was stolen, reportedly gave him away.

He was believed to be operating with a gang, whose members were still at large.

The suspect, our source added, was caught with a bunch of keys and could not produce the receipts of the stolen items.

The source said: “We are still puzzled that the burglary succeeded, despite the presence of a police post within the Assembly.

“Despite the fence and the gate, the suspect had access to the complex and that should be a subject of investigation.

“We have internal security. We have a police station and we have security men when the burglary took place. Although the chief suspect is in custody, the police must get to the root of this matter to prevent a recurrence.

“In the burglary last year, files were removed from the Office of the Clerk and this is the third since the Clerk (Tola Esan) resumed office.”

Police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi said the matter was yet to be reported to his office.
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