In a rather unfortunate turn of events, suspected burglars have broken into the newly inaugurated 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital in Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State. The hospital was commissioned on Saturday, February 1, 2023, by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The thieves reportedly broke into the hospital and carted away electronic equipment worth millions of naira.
The state commandant of the Security Network, otherwise called the Amotekun Corps, David Akinremi, confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists in Abeokuta on Friday. According to Akinremi, his operatives have arrested three suspects in connection with the crime.
The suspects were reported to have stolen six 43-inch Hisense T.V. sets, two 65-inch Bruhm T.V sets, three Bruhm fridges, one Midea refrigerator, and three Lontor rechargeable standing fans, all valued at N3 million. Akinremi said the prime suspect, one Ogunjembola Kehinde, led his gang to burgle the hospital. He revealed that Ogunjembola was arrested following a complaint of burglary and stealing by one Kehinde Banjoko that some unknown persons broke into her residence while she was away in Lagos and stole several household items such as generating sets, gas cylinder, standing fan, mattresses and rug, among others, valued at about N500,000.
“Based on actionable intelligence, the prime suspect was arrested, and upon interrogation, he admitted that he committed the alleged crime with one other now at large. His admission led to the recovery of all the items stolen from one Lawal Aliu, who is the criminal receiver,” Akinremi said.
Further investigation revealed that the same principal suspect in this case, Ogunjembola Kehinde, and his criminal gang were responsible for breaking and stealing electronic equipment from the newly inaugurated 100 bed Mother and Child Hospital, Iperu. When confronted with this, he admitted he committed the offence with his co-accomplice in the original case of burglary and stealing reported by Banjoko Kehinde.
So far, three suspects have been arrested in connection with this case while efforts are ongoing aimed at apprehending other criminal receivers mentioned by the suspects with a view to recovering items allegedly sold to them.