Police in Lagos arrest 15 traffic armed bandits

Police in Lagos arrest 15 traffic armed bandits
Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria
February 1, 2021 

Men of the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Command have apprehended no fewer than 13 suspected traffic armed robbers for allegedly dispossessing members of the public of their belongings in the Oshodi and Ketu axis of Lagos State.

CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, in a statement on Sunday, told newsmen that the RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, led a team to the areas where the suspects were nabbed.

He also stated that the criminals pretended to be porters and escaped with people’s valuables.

Adejobi narrated, “The police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command between Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January 2021, arrested 13 suspected traffic robbers in Oshodi and Ketu (Alausa) areas of the state, as they intensify efforts in mopping up criminals suspected to be attacking motorists and commuters in traffic.

“The arrests came on the heels of the four-day surveillance on black spots in Oshodi and Alausa (Ketu) to weed out criminals in the areas where it was reliably gathered that the suspects, most of whom pretend to be load carriers in Oshodi, abscond with travelers’ loads at dawn and night.

“It has also been gathered that they often attack and rob unsuspecting Lagosians, especially travelers and commuters, in the areas. The suspects were picked up by the Rapid Response Squad between 10:45 pm on Friday and 4:30 am on Saturday at Oshodi Oke and Alausa, respectively.

“The suspects that were picked up in Oshodi are Tinuola Ajibola, 18; Adeniji Farouk, 16; Wale Ajetunmobi, 24; Chibueze Okasa, 17; Taiwo Goodluck, 36; Sodiq Timileyin, 23; Salami Alex, 21; Umar Abubakar, 20; Micheal Iroaja, 36; Abba Mohammed, 20; and Mukaila Fasepe, 43.

“Two other suspects, Saviour Nwoko, 21, and Ayomide David, 19, were caught in the act by the team with machetes and stolen phones, in Alausa, Lagos. David, alias Sharwama, one of the suspects and ex-convict, disclosed to the police that his gang operated along Olowopopo Road, Ojodu, and Ojota,” he added.

In another development, police officers attached to the Meiran Division of the state police command arrested two persons believed to be armed robbers at Ikola Ipaja Bridge.

The PPRO said, “The suspects were stopped on a motorbike before they were arrested and searched. Upon search, one locally-made pistol, charms, and weed suspected to be Indian hemp, were recovered from them. The two suspects are Oluwadamilare Folami, 22, and Desire Chukwu, 21.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that all the 15 suspects be transferred to State CID Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation, while he assured the good people of Lagos State of adequate security and conducive environment to live in and do business as expected.”