A robber who belong to a gang who rob workers in the early hours assures police of cooperation to arrest other members of the gang
A suspected armed robbers, who disguised as a scavenger to rob unsuspecting residents and motorists around Ojota area of Lagos State has been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
The arrested suspect , 24- yearsold Abdullai Umar was arrested few days ago by RRS operatives who were on routine patrol around Abiola Garden in Ojota.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the arrested suspect is a member of a gang , who disguised as scavengers and hid arms in their cart. Our source said the suspect and other members of his gang used weapons to threaten their victims, before robbing them of their valuables including phones, jewelry and cash.
Our source said the was arrested and taken to the RRS headquarters two victims whom he had robbed at gun point had also accompanied him to the RRS’ headquarters to narrate their ordeals to the police.
One of the victim, Mr. Dayo Zachariah told the police in a statement part of which reads “I was trekking from Ketu, Tipper Garage along the road leading to Chinese Town to board a bus to office when a jumped out from the bush and attacked me with a cutlass, and collected my phone and purse containing the sum of N1,700 , my identity Card, a bank teller and also a passport photograph.
“Although my phone and purse were recovered from him by the Police but the money inside the purse had vanished”, he stated.
Another victim, Mr. Akanna Grace, narrated to the Police that the suspect also robbed him at that spot on the same day.
“On the morning of that day, I was going through Abiola Garden,in order to board a bus to Maryland , when a man came from nowhere and snatched my purse containing the sum of N2,000, my identity and ATM cards and some documents”, he explained.
RRS Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olatunji Disu, “The Police while on patrol duty, saw the duo of Dayo Zachariah and Akanna Grace, who were crying for assistance after they had just been robbed when they were on their way to board buses to their different places of work .
“Policemen around the area comb the spot which was identified as the haven for the criminals and the suspect was arrested while making an attempt to hide inside a flower base,” he explained.
The suspect who hails from Kawo Local Government Area, Kaduna State mentioned some other members of his syndicate during a confessional statement made to the police during a preliminary investigation.
The suspect said “I disguised as scavenger to rob innocent members of public in the axis. I work with Sunday, Stephen, Papa, John, Muscle and Akeem.
“We are many we rob people in the early hours of the day when they will be rushing to work and in the evenings when they return. We sell the stolen items to an Igbo man who owns a shop at Mile 2 in Lagos.
“I sold phones of different types ranging from Nokia, Tecno, Infinix and other stolen valuables including wrist-watches and jewellery. I am ready to cooperate with the Police to arrest other members of the gang”he explained.
The RRS boss assured that the Police would go after the fleeing members of the robbery syndicate and added that the arrested suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Disu said the arrest of the suspect is part of the resolve of the state governor , Akinwunmi Ambode to sanitize state of criminals and to reduce crime to the barest minimal.
– Damilola Olaniyan