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Police Arrest Go-slow Robbers At Mile 2, Ijora

Posted: Aug 4, 2015 at 5:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Utulu  – LAGOS


The day of reckoning came for the notorious armed gangs who operating in traffic gridlocks along Mile 2 road in Lagos metropolis recently when four members of the gang were arrested by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of Zone 2 Police Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun State Police Command. 

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command last week stormed Mile 2 and Ijora areas of the state at the peak of traffic and arrested three suspected armed robbers in the act of robbing innocent motorists.

Two of the suspected armed robbers were arrested at about 10:50pm on July 31, 2015 around the National Art Theatre, in Iganmu area of the  state based on a tip off to the  RRS mobile teams by victims in two separate cars that armed robbers had attacked and robbed them at Ijora – Olopa.

The  teams were said to have moved swiftly to the scene and apprehended the suspects. The two suspects Murtala Saka, 22, and Bashiru Muibi, 26 years according to the police  have  been charged to court.

In the same vein, the mobile team of the RSS in another development arrested a member of notorious syndicate whose gang  allegedly terrorised the Mile 2 area of the metropolis.

The suspect  was sighted attacking his victim  after breaking one of the side glasses of his vehicle in traffic. The incident happened on July 28th, 2015.

The suspect, Ugochukwu Otuneme, 33, is alleged to be  a member of ‘Heavy Traffic’ robbery syndicate which specialised in snatching and robbing innocent residents of their belongings during peak of traffic grid-lock around the Mile 2 area.

Ugochukwu  confessed to the crime and added  that he perpetrated the crimes with a member of his gang, who is still at large

“I came to Lagos in 2010. Before I joined this robbery gang,  I was a bus conductor where I met one of the gang members who introduced me to his colleagues in the robbery. It was devil who pushed me into this act “, he confessed.

The suspect according to the police, would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.

Commander, RRS, Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) said that the action of the police was  part of the efforts of the Lagos State Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode and Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni to rid the state of heinous activities of hoodlums and armed robbers.

ACP Disu  advised drivers to be vigilant while in traffic and always wind up their car glasses up.

He urged residents to be courageous and report any suspicious movement in their neighbourhoods to the police, promising that necessary actions would be taken by the police.

The strides by the team  of RRS to free Lagos State from criminal activities by men of underworld is in tandem with the commitment of the commissioner of police  Fatai Owoseni  to make the state safe for all and sundry .