Wonders they say shall never end. Such is the recent robbery case in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland, where a traffic robber swallowed his victim’s wedding ring after threatening to kill her in the axis following the robbery.
According to the Police, the suspect alongside his accomplices, were arrested on Friday, June 14, 2019, by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland.
The ring swallowing suspect, Taofeek Adebayo, was arrested alongside Toheeb Tijani, in Oshodi – Oke shortly after dispossessing two ladies occupying a grey Sienna bus of a gold earring and a set of wedding rings.
Taofeek Adebayo in company of his gang had on Friday pleaded with two gorgeously dressed ladies in a Toyota Sienna SUV to assist them with money for food in traffic. The two ladies extended a N100 note to them, which the suspects instantly rejected.
Speaking to the Police, the driver of the Sienna, who pleaded anonymity said; “My colleague and I were coming from Anthony and heading to Ilasa for our association’s meeting. Three of them (pointing to the suspects) came near our vehicle. There was traffic and we couldn’t turn anywhere. We were scared. They said we should give them money for food. I reached out to my colleague to give me money.
“She gave me N100 which I handed over them. They rejected it. One of them said, ‘eleyi ki I se owo ti wa’. I told them this is what I have. One of them pulled my left ear and removed my earring”.
She continued saying; “Two of them turned to the other side of my vehicle. They threatened to waste us if we don’t give them money. ‘Where is the money’, they screamed at us. In a hurry to leave our car, they forced my friend to surrender her wedding ring. This yellow guy (pointing to Adebayo) took the first one and swallowed it in our presence. His colleague took the other one”.
When interrogated, one of the suspects, Adebayo said; “I swallowed it but I have vomited it and handed it over to Young Boy, the third guy with us when police were chasing us. I told him to hand over the rings to the ladies so that the police can release us but he absconded with the two rings and earring”.
His accomplice, Toheed Tijani, who is reportedly on the watch list of police for snatching a mobile phone from a commuter in traffic earlier in the day said; “I have released the phone to the LASTMA officials standing in Oshodi Oke. They told me that RRS officers were looking for me to arrest me”.
Commenting on the development, the Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu stated that the police would not relent on its efforts towards making Lagos safe for law abiding citizens.
He directed that the suspects be transferred to Makinde Police Division, Oshodi and SCID, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.