Taye Mapayi, a self-acclaimed lawyer who aided the escape of two armed robbery culprits from the detention of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ondo State, has been arrested by the Police.
Mapayi was apprehended by the detectives for helping Rotimi Adeleye and Bukola Adeoye escape from SARS detention on July 30, 2018.
SaharaReporters had reported how the two culprits, Adeleye and Adeoye, vanished from police custody, despite being in handcuffs. The duo were later declared wanted by the Police.
Adeoye, notoriously known as 'Agbara', was later gunned down during a duel with the Police at a robbery operation at Ore in Ondo.
Femi Joseph, Spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, said Mapayi was arrested by the Police following investigations.
Parading him before journalists in Akure, he noted that the suspect had been using the fake identify of a lawyer.
"Mr. Mapayi has been parading himself as a lawyer, even though he is an impostor and aided the escape of the two suspects from our custody," Joseph said.
"The same fake lawyer cut the handcuffs off the two robbery suspects and consequently escaped with them to Ore. He also went ahead to accuse the Police of extra-judicial killing as it related to one of the suspects.
"He has since confessed to being a fake lawyer who has been duping unsuspecting members of the public. In fact, our investigation shows that he didn't pass through the four walls of a Law school."
He assured the public that the law would take its course, as Mapayi would soon be charged to court.
Responding to questions from journalists, Mapayi explained that the robbery suspect killed by the Police was his cousin. He denied knowing that late Adeoye was a robber, adding that he had been the one catering to his upkeep.
"He is my cousin and I don't know anything about his escape from the police custody. I just read in the newspaper that he (Adeoye) was arrested by the police and I went there to see him," he said.