According to the Police, Gelebele was arrested alongside three others, one Moses Demene, Friday Saborom and Mohammadu Kaidiri, while they were planning to rob a bank in the Ijebu Ode area of the state.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, Celestine Okoye, said the suspected robbers were arrested last month with four explosive devices and connection wires.
He added that bank robbers usually use explosive devices to blast bank security doors.
Gelebele, however, denied any knowledge of the robbery operation, insisting he was a fisherman who uses explosives to kill large number of fishes in the river before selling them to buyers.
He further explained that the explosives were used for fishing in Delta State before Demene called him that he was ready to pay N150, 000 for the devices.
He added that he normally use the explosives for fishing by putting the explosives in the water and then connect them to wires.
“When the explosives go off, they shock the fish to death and I catch them,” he stated.
One of the other three suspects, Demene, who identified himself as the leader of the gang, said he was aware of a robbery plan on a bank in Ijebu Ode and had called on Gelebele who was in the possession of the explosives.
He said they were on their way to meet the leader of the gang after alighting from a bus from Delta State when a commercial motorcycle rider suspected them and invited the police.
TThe police boss, however, said all the suspects were coming from Delta State to meet another leader of the gang simply identified as Wisdom who was planning the robbery operation.
Okoye added that the case was still under investigation and the suspects would be charged to court at the appropriate time.
According to Okoye, “Information was received by policemen on patrol at Ayepe town that a gang had been seen with bags and on getting the information, they were intercepted by the team.
“When they were searched, four explosive devices with three connection wires were recovered from them. The suspects confessed that they were coming from Delta State to meet their gang leader named Wisdom in Ogun State, now at large, to rob,” Okoye added.
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