Oyeyemi Ajagungbade Olalekan, a known thug in the state, has been taken into custody by the Osun State Police Command.
Olalekan, also known as Emir, was reportedly apprehended by members of the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
He was moved to the Force Headquarters in Abuja right away following his arrest.
He was wanted by the Command as of July 2, 2022, for allegations of murder, cult membership, and armed robbery.
On January 9, 2023, the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, named him to the state’s Transport Disciplinary Committee.
According to a police source, he was detained a few days ago after hitting a guy with sharp instruments, such as a knife and machete, while the victim lay unconscious in an unnamed hospital in the state.
It was learned that the victim’s family members informed the Inspector-General of Police about the incident, who then instructed the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to transport the victim to Abuja.
He was later detained again while Patrick Kehinde Longe, the state’s commissioner of police, was given the go-ahead to send him to Abuja.
“He was directed to drive in to the anti-kidnapping office in Osogbo to settle the matter with his victim. He was detained before the police officers told the commissioner of police that they had the IGP’s permission to transport the suspect to Abuja. He was driven in a Hilux with his car to Abuja, the person claimed.
Olalekan was implicated in the murders of five people, including Oyewale Sherif, that occurred after Governor Adeleke took office, as well as the burning alive of Olalekan Waheed.
He was also accused of organising thugs to steal ballot boxes from local governments in the state’s general elections in Boripe, Osogbo, and Olorunda.
During and after the general elections, the Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, petitioned the police authorities and raised an alarm over his criminal activities, which included killings and physical assaults on its members.
Additionally, he was allegedly complicit in the murders of more than five people that occurred during the recently ended Osun Osogbo festival in August.
According to eyewitnesses, he fled in Adeleke’s convoy to avoid being detained by the police.
However, Yemisi Opalola, a spokesman for the Osun State Police Command, refuses to comment on the situation.