It was a shocking moment in Akure on Monday, February 15, when men of the Ondo state police command apprehended a supposed lunatic who had 18 ATM cards in his possession. The Ondo state capital was agog when cash of different denominations were discovered from the middle aged man, who claimed to be deranged.
This Day reports that the man who was said to be in his 30s, was arrested in Ijapo area of Akure, after he was suspected to be a robber by some residents of the area. It was gathered that the residents of the area handed over the suspect to the police in Ijapo police post after he was accosted and his explanations were found to be incoherent.
A source hinted that some passersby discovered that the suspect who positioned himself by the side of the road had money made up of different denominations in his custody despite his claim to be insane. “After carefully looking at the man, we discovered that he was a normal human being, because how could a mad man be counting huge sum of money and also has different ATM cards in his possession,” said the source.
The undisclosed source also said some valuables including costly jewelry and neat clothes were in the bag handled by the suspect. Police imagemaker for the state police command, Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect said the suspect would undergo medical test to ascertain his mental fitness. “We don’t want to presume that he is a mad man.
There are medical tests he needs to undergo for us to believe him. If at the end of the day he is found to be a robber as it is being speculated he will face the wrath of the law,” the spokesman said. He added that the arrest of the suspect was made possible through the co-operation of the residents of the area, informing that the suspect is currently being detained at the Ijapo police post, where he is also being interrogated by detectives.
It would be recalled that a similar case was reported in Lagos where a man identified as Lanrewaju Jaiyeola, 39, was intercepted by the police following the suspicious manner in which he carried a backpack along Ozumba Mbadiwe road. The suspect who claimed to be a lunatic was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) with about 22 ATM cards in his possession.