The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a driver, Garuba Lawal. who connived with three other persons in diverting his company’s 600 bags of flour before dismembering the truck for sale in pieces. He was nabbed alongside three others; Jimoh Adeleye, Wasiu Azeez and Adeniran Jacob.
The suspect connived with three others now at large to divert 600 bags of flour to Sagamu, Ogun State. The product was thereafter given out to a buyer, while he took the truck to Ilorin, Kwara state, where it was dismembered and sold in pieces.
The RRS disclosed that the suspect was recruited by the company the same day he perpetrated the crime alongside his cohorts. He was reportedly baited with N2 million by his collaborators to do their bidding.
Garuba in his statement to the Police said he was accosted by a man identified simply as Ismaila who lured him into committing the crime.
In his words, “he invited me close to my truck just as I was about to drive it out of the loading bay. He asked me how much I have made in since I have been driving truck. I replied him that I just joined the haulage company….. Then, he told that he would introduce me to a deal. That was how we started”.
Garuba continued that “while his two other colleagues were waiting in the Toyota Corrolla they brought, he took me to a corner and brought a cowrie. He told me that I would have to swallow the cowrie as a sign of bond that anybody that divulge the secret between us would die instantly. I took the cowrie and swallowed it. Immediately I did that, I observed that whatever instruction he gave me, I was just obeying it without a second thought”.
Upon perfecting their plans, Garuba in company of the three accomplices diverted the 600 bags of flour to Sagamu instead of its scheduled destination. The subsequently drove the truck to Ilorin, Kwara State where the truck was sold in parts before they were apprehended by the Police.
Meanwhile, the Police said sources at the haulage firm disclosed they were yet to see the motor boy that followed Garuba on the said trip. This has fuelled the suspicion that the motor boy might have been killed by the gang to pave way for a seamless execution of their plans.
Garuba however insisted that the motor boy didn’t follow them on the trip. The motor boy’s phone has remained switched off since the incident.
The RRS further revealed that the gang that diverted the flour are the same gang which has been involved in several diversions of other products.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, said there would be no hiding place for criminals in Lagos.
The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.