A one-chance robber identified simply as Junior has jumped into the Lagos lagoon along the Third Mainland bridge while trying to evade arrest from the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
According to the RRS, the robber plunged into the lagoon when he and his other accomplices were cornered on the Third Mainland Bridge after robbing unsuspecting victims of the valuables.
Meanwhile, the RRS team apprehended three other members of the gang – John Akinyemi; Paul Oliseh; and Amos Williams – bridge after a chase by the patrol team monitoring Iyana-Oworo.
“The policemen after being informed that the one-chance robbers were operating around the area, chased the bus, a Volkwagen Transporter with the registration number, AKD 562 XP to the bridge.
“The robbers, after being double-crossed by the officers on the Third Mainland Bridge, abandoned their vehicle and were fleeing on foot when they were arrested,” the RRS said.
According to the leader of the gang, John Akinyemi; “There were four of us. I was in charge of calling the team to work. It was our first trip for the day. We took four passengers in Estate Bus Stop in Alapere. They were going to Oshodi. We dispossessed them and dropped them off before Iyana-Oworo one after the other.
“We took their phones and money. We have been doing this for more than three months. We sell the mobile phones and jewelry, and we share the money.”
One of the victims, Semiu Oluwaseun, who alerted the RRS officers immediately he was thrown out of the moving bus, said the robbers collected his phone and the sum of N500,000:00.
Another victim, Jamiu Ojuroye, who was robbed on Sunday, identified John Akinyemi as the driver of the bus he was robbed in. He noted that he was robbed on Sunday night and that the robbers team took N150,000:00 from him before threw him out of the speeding bus.
Ojuroye added that after struggling with the robbers, they poured a peppery substance on his face, took his money before throwing him off around 8:00 p.m.