Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested one Umam Hrmid, 48, an officer of the Nigerian Legion for impersonation and robbery in Agege, Lagos.
The legionnaire who is from Borno State has been parading himself as official of the Lagos State Taskforce on Special Offences to rob motorcycle riders popularly called “Okada” in the community. The suspect was arrested on Friday evening at about 10:30 p.m.
The suspect who was working with his accomplice, Tijani Bashir, now at large, had accosted his victim, one Amin Al–Hassan Al–Hassan, at Total Filling Station, Agege and told him that he was a policeman attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Special Offences.
Al–Hassan pleaded with Hrmid to accept the sum of N5,000 to ‘bail’ his motorbike but Hrmid insisted on N20, 000:. “When he refused to accept the N5,000:00, he mounted the bike and rode it towards Iyana Ipaja. I begged him but he told me to get down from the bike because I sat behind him while his partner rode the bike they brought”, Al–Hassan explained.
He continue that “he rode through Agbotikuyo, Agege. At Mulero, I forced the bike to a stop by removing its key from the ignition, and I got down…. We were arguing when two passers-by joined us and they requested for his identity card when he told them that he was a policeman with the Lagos State Taskforce…. Reluctantly, he flashed his ID card before them but one of them was so swift to snatch it from him. Then, he began to chase the guy, who quickly ran towards RRS patrol team nearby who arrested him and collected the dagger he was holding.”
At the RRS’s Headquarters, three other victims from whom Hrmid had collected bikes weeks before hewas caught on Wednesday, came with particulars of their bikes, alleging that Hrmid, along with an accomplice, whom they described took their bikes.
The victims, Shuaib, Abdullahi, Umaru Hassan and Salisu Umaru, stated that the suspect collected their motor cycles in a spate of three weeks, and that one his victims was shot at a close range in the cheek at Shoretire Street, Agege.
One of the victims, Shuaib Abdullahi explained that the suspect at around 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday last week, took his bike, FKJ 259 QA, Boxer model, from him, under the pretext that he was taking him to Taskforce Office.
“He drove me to Ile–Zik before threatening me to get down or he would kill him at the deserted place. I requested for his number and he gave me a fake number. I called the number immediately he left but the number didn’t go…. I learnt he was arrested yesterday, that was why we came to RRS to collect our okada from him,” he said.
The suspect, however, failed to deny the allegations of the three other victims when they confronted him. Speaking on the development, the Police PPRO, SP, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest of the suspect, stressing that his arrest might help shed more light on reported cases of motor cycles theft in Agege and its environs. The suspect has been transferred to Specail Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) for further investigations.