The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command have revealed how they foiled a robbery attempt by a four-man gang along the LASU – Iyana Iba expressway last Thursday.
According to the Police, the suspects abandoned a hijacked commercial bus better known as danfo with a gun and six passengers whom they had held hostage while in transit.
The four robbers who boarded the bus heading to LASU – Iba route from Iyana Ipaja hijacked the bus from the driver immediately one of the passengers alighted at Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos.
According to the bus driver, Sherrif Dada; “At around 11:00 p.m on Thursday, after returning from a chartered trip to Sango, my conductor and I went straight to our usual route at Egbeda to make some more money before the closing for the day. We saw lots of passengers at Egbeda Bus Stop who were heading to Igando.”
He continued the narration that: “We picked the passengers and we dropped the first passenger at Diamond Estate Bus Stop. Just after leaving the Bus Stop, one of the passengers, four guys in their 20s brought out a gun and told me to stop.
“Just after pinning the gun to my head, the other robbers began to ransack the passengers particularly, a lady suspected to be carrying a handbag and her Infinix Note 4 android phone. The robbers began a struggle with the lady to dispossess her of her belonging but the lady refused to surrender her bag to the gun-wielding bandits.
“It wasn’t quite long my conductor escaped that they threw me down on motion after sighting an RRS patrol vehicle chasing them. They felt I was not fast enough.”
It was however learnt that upon sighting the RRS officers, the robbers abandoned the vehicle and fled into a nearby bush for cover. The Police then led a search for the robbers before they were apprehended.
While parading the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in Ikeja, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said items recovered from the bus include a locally made gun and an Android mobile phone, which they collected from one of the passengers.
He added that both the danfo bus and the mobile phone were handed over to their owners at the RRS Headquaters in Alausa, Ikeja.
Commenting on the development, the Police PRO, SP Chike Oti said “Lagos is not a safe zone for any criminal to operate, if they risk it, we will get them.”