The Osun State Police Command has arrested Oyeyemi Ajagungbade Olalekan, a notorious thug in the state.
Olalekan, also known as Emir, was reportedly arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command.
It was gathered that he was tranaferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, immediately after his arrest.
The Command had declared him wanted on July 2, 2022, for alleged murder, cultism, and armed robbery.
The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, appointed him a member of the Transport Disciplinary Committee of the state on January 9, 2023.
A police source confirmed that he was arrested few days ago for beating a man with dangerous objects, including a knife and machete, and the man was in coma in an undisclosed hospital in the state.
It was gathered that relatives of the victim reported the matter to the Inspector-General of Police who ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to bring him to Abuja.
He was released and later rearrested while the state Commissioner of Police, Patrick Kehinde Longe, received the signal to transfer him to Abuja.
“He was asked to report to the office of Anti-Kidnapping in Osogbo to settle the matter with his victim and he drove in. He had been arrested before the officers informed the Commissioner of Police that they had an order from the IGP to bring the suspect to Abuja. He was whisked to Abuja in a Hilux with his car,” the source said.
Olalekan had been fingered in the killings of five persons including Oyewale Sherif after the inauguration of Governor Adeleke and the burning alive of one person, Olalekan Waheed.
He was alleged to have have also led thugs to snatch ballot boxes in Boripe, Osogbo and Olorunda local governments during the general elections in the state.
The Osun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, during and after the general elections petitioned the police authorities and raised an alarm over his criminal activities which included killings and physical attacks on its members.
He was also alleged to have been involved in the killings of more than five persons during the recently concluded Osun Osogbo festival in August.
Eyewitnesses alleged he escaped in Adeleke’s convoy to avert being arrested by the police.
The spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, however, declined to comment on the matter.