Police in Osun State have detained two suspected livestock thieves who allegedly specialized in stealing goats from the areas of Osogbo, Ikirun, Obagun, Iree, Eripa, Otan-Ayegbaju, and Ila.
Safer Highway patrol police officers apprehended the two suspects, Naheem Ibrahim, 46, and Suraju Isiaka, 33, while conducting a stop and search of vehicles in the Odeomu-Sekona axis, when they were attempting to transport the animals to Lagos in a Lexus SUV.
During a police search, it was discovered that the suspects had 14 live and one dead goat (she-goat) to sell to prospective clients in Lagos State.
When police discovered the stolen animals, they promptly apprehended the perpetrators and sent them to the Osogbo police headquarters for questioning and further investigation.
According to the findings of the investigation,The suspects target the time when the goat owners have gone to bed and the night guards assigned to watch over the villages have yet to arrive.
Investigation found that members of these settlements were perplexed as to how their goats had gone missing with no trace and had sometimes blamed one another for the crime.
The suspects were traveling to Lagos in a Lexus SUV with animals stolen from several areas, according to the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who verified the arrest.
“Upon questioning, they admitted to stealing the goats from various locations in Osogbo, Ikirun, and lla-Orangun to be sold to one Lya Bisola at Mile-12, Lagos State.” Furthermore, the suspects confessed.to have been in business in Osun State since 2019.”
She stated that the suspects admitted that they operated between 8 and 10 p.m., before night guards at various sites reported for duty, and that the goats were normally sold between N5,000 and N10,000.