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RRS Nabs Danfo Driver Over Allegedly Stealing Bridge Rails

Ibrahim with the stolen bridge railings
Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 3:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje


The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Ademola Ibrahim, a commercial bus driver over allegedly stealing the rails of the Eko Bridge at Ijora.

Ibrahim, 28, was said to have conspired with one other suspect simply identified as Kampo, now at large to commit the crime. The incident happened at about 7pm on Sunday April 24, 2015.

The RRS operatives were said to be acting on tipoff that suspected miscreants were removing bridge rails, both the ones used to guide the bridge on top and the ones used to tie the bridge under.

It was gathered that the suspect had attempted to park the already removed bridge rails into a waiting Volkswagen Paragon bus with registration number MUS 457 XK when they were intercepted.

However, while Kampo took to his heels upon sighting the RRS patrol vehicle, Ibrahim was arrested.

Upon arrival at the RRS headquarters, Ademola explained that he was just bringing his vehicle out of the mechanic workshop.

“I have not worked for four day with the bus. I was removing the bus from where it was parked when I saw Kapol. I begged him to help me push the bus.

It was while we were pushing the vehicle that he told me I was going to help him carry the metal.” He added that although, he had no fuel, Kapol gave him five litres of petrol for him to move the vehicle to pack the metal.

On getting to the crime scene, he noted Kapol had brought out three packs of the railings before the arrival of the Police, adding that he decided to stay while Kapol ran away because he knew nothing about how the railings were removed from their original positions.

The suspect confessed that he sleeps in a park at Iddo, where he met his accomplice.

In all, about 30 railings were removed from the Ijora bridge. The suspect is assisting the police in the arrest of Kapol.

Investigations revealed that the railings help to suspend bridges and keep them from vibrating.

Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmos, stated that the force was following up on the statement of the suspect in order to arrest his colleague.