Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 32-year-old driver with a company, Mutiu Olaonipekun, and a businessman, Kayode Afolabi, over missing N4.5m goods.
Olaonipekun, who worked as a driver with Parkway Investment, a subsidiary of C-WAY Foods and Beverages Company in Ota, was arrested for diverting the company’s goods.
Afolabi was also apprehended for receiving the stolen goods.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed these in a statement on Tuesday.
Oyeyemi explained, “Olaonipekun was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Onipanu Divisional Police Headquarters by the company that the driver was given a truck loaded with the company’s goods on March 15, 2021, to deliver somewhere in Isolo, Lagos State.
“The firm stated that the said driver absconded with the truck as well as the goods and his whereabouts were not known since then.
“Upon the report, the DPO, Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, detailed his detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the driver and the goods.
“After weeks of painstaking investigation, the empty truck was recovered at the Ewupe area of Ota. Further investigation revealed that the goods were trans-loaded into another vehicle before they were taken to the receiver.
“The receiver of the stolen goods, Kayode Afolabi, was then traced and he was subsequently arrested.
“On interrogation, Mutiu Olaonipekun confessed that he took the goods to Kayode Afolabi, who bought them from him for N2,572,000.”
The driver confessed that he used part of the money to buy a Volkswagen LT bus at the rate of N900,000, and the balance to place a bet.
On his part, Afolabi was said to have confessed to receiving the stolen goods, which he had resold to one Alhaji Adamu Kano, who is now at large.
The PPRO added that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had directed that the suspects be thoroughly investigated and charged as soon as possible.