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Police Arrest 22 Teenage Robbers, Cultists In Lagos

The teenage robbers
Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 3:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje


Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command have arrested 22 teenagers for robbery, stealing and cultism.

The 22 teenagers, amongst whom are four female, were arrested for various robberies and cult activities around Agege and its environs.

They consist of two separate gangs comprising eight members and 14 members respectively.

The eight-member gang were arrested last Thursday at about 11:30 p.m. in Mulero, Agege for assaulting and robbing one Aladegbo Abidemi with an axe, and snatching her Blackberry Z10.

The 26 year-old victim said she was coming from work around 10:00pm when she ran into them at Mulero.

“I noticed some young boys about 12 swarming like bees towards me.  I ran but I fell down. They rough handled me, threatened me with an axe and took my phone. They retreated and abandoned me inside the gutter,” she said.

Members of the gang include Babatunde, 15; Tayo, 15; Matthew, 18; Sakiru, 16; Ganiyu, 13; Reliwan, 15; Ibrahim, 15 and Kudus, 15.

The second gang, consisting of 10 male and four females were picked-up at Abattoir on Monday at about 02:35 am. Three members of the gang had earlier been arrested at Computer Village, Ikeja, for stealing mobile phones.

The three, Sulaimon, 13; Godwin, 19 and Sunkanmi, 15, were said to have entered a phone stall and pretended they wanted to buy a phone. However, after inspecting some of the phones, they stole two of the phones, but were caught on their way out.

It was learnt that during interrogation at the RRS’ headquarters, three of them owned up to be members of Eiye Confraternity.

Other gang members arrested include Taiwo, 17; Rotimi, 17; Lateef, 19; Tunde, 17; Bolawatife, 15; Kayode, 15; and Olamide, 15.

The female members of the gang are Olamide, 19; Agnes, 14; Ayo, 15 and Ope, 16.

All the suspects have been transferred to the State Police Command, Ikeja, for further investigations.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmos, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed the arrests. She stated that Mr. Fatai Owoseni, Lagos state Commissioner of Police, summoned the parents of the children and he has ordered that the teenagers be sent for rehabilitated immediately.

She added that the arrest of the suspects was an eye – opener to the challenges of crime fighting and breakdown of family values.