The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have revealed how one of its three mobile CCTV cameras has assisted the police in arresting two suspected phone thieves and two fraudsters in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland.
According to the RRS, the four suspects were caught on the footage of the mobile CCTV camera stationed in Oshodi to assist the officers of Rapid Response Squad in their surveillance activities in the area.
The suspects, Jelili Ganiu, Samson Owolabi, Segun Lawoye, an ex-convict and Toyin Samuel were arrested in Oshodi last Thursday and Friday.
Jelili and Owolabi were caught stealing a substance suspected to be a mobile phone from a passer-by on Oshodi pedestrian bridge. They were monitored through the camera thereafter exchanging the stolen item with another suspect currently at large before returning to the same location.
They were later trailed by RRS operatives attached to the vehicle and arrested at the foot of the pedestrian bridge.
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that they stole an Infinix Hot mobile phone from a passer-by on the bridge and that the third suspect who they exchanged the object with was the keeper of their stolen items.
Jelili added that the third suspect, identified simply as Omo Nla, is the one who sells the phones before they share the money later.
“Owolabi and I are conductors in Oshodi but when there was no work or we arrive late at the park to re-unite with our bosses, we steal phones, purse and other valuables from the users of the pedestrian bridge in Oshodi,” Jelili said.
The other suspects, Segun Latoye and Toyin Samuel were arrested on Friday, February 16, 2018, after being caught on camera three times in Oshodi fraudulently dispossessing passers-by of their belongings.
In one of the footages, they dispossessed a young lady of her bag containing two mobile phones and an unspecified amount of money.
They were captured by camera hurriedly boarding a bus after hypnotizing their victim. “However, the lady regained her consciousness few minutes later and reported the incident to RRS officers who contacted the CCTV mobile Camera for footage of the area where the incident took place,” the RRS reveled.
Commenting on the development, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti noted that the command would continue to apply technology in combating crime adding that the suspects would be charged to court.