The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended five suspected robbers for robbing a 58 year old woman of her handbag containing foreign and local currencies as well as other personal effects on New Year’s eve.
The suspects; Shola Oyedele, Adejuwon Adeniyi, Alex Ikoku, Salau Damilola and Mohammed Muritala were arrested by the operatives last Wednesday at Ikosi Road, Ketu, Lagos Mainland.
According to the RRS, the suspects accosted their victim, identified simply as Alhaja around Ketu Bus Stop after alighting from a tricycle at about 9:00 p.m. and dispossessed her of $800, 400 Qatari Riyald, N45,000, America Visa card, pouch containing gold trinkets valued at N110,000:00, a purse with unspecified amount and an Hawaii phone.
Narrating the incident, the victim told the Police that: “I boarded a ‘keke’ (tricycle) going to Ketu Bus Stop after crossing from Motorways. I was going to Ikorodu after visiting my children. I got down close to Ketu Bridge on Ikorodu Road. I was the only one alighting as other passengers had gotten down before reaching the bus stop.
“I was surrounded by five young men wielding knife and daggers. They collected my phone and hand bag containing $800, 400 Qatari Riyald, N45,000, America Visa card, pouch containing gold trinkets valued at N110,000:00 and a purse with unspecified amount.”
She added that: “After collecting all I had on me. They were still using my line to call my husband that I should bring N25,000 to collect my phone and all they took from me. At a point, I had to block the line when the harassment was getting too much for me.”
“I reported the case at Ketu Police Station. I learnt it was referred to RRS. It was there that I was invited to come and identify them. I saw one of them, who gave his name as Shola,” she added.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Shola, in his confession told the RRS that the robbery was led by one Sikiru aka Hauwa, who is currently on the run.
Shola was said to have sold the victim’s mobile phone to one Michael Ogunnaike who took the police to the suspect’s hideout in Ketu, Lagos.
Confirming the arrest, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti disclosed that no criminal would go scot-free in Lagos, adding that the Commissioner for Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal had ordered that the case be transferred to FSARS for further investigations.