Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command recorded another feat, as its intensified efforts towards ridding the state of criminals, with the arrest of Azeez Ojo – Nla, an ex – convict and a suspected traffic robber terrorising Oshodi and its environs.
The suspect, 19, was arrested after snatching a mobile phone from a bus driver, Gbenga Adeleke, in the presence of two policemen.
Adeleke had resisted arrest when he was stopped by two RRS operatives for a traffic offence. In the ensuing misunderstanding, the suspect swiftly dispossessed Adeleke of his phone before taking to his heels.
It took the effort of a team of policemen to apprehend the suspect, who embarked on a frantic effort to escape arrest.
In his words the suspect said, “I was passing by when I noticed a mobile phone which fell from the pocket of Adeleke. I pick up the phone to find the owner but one of the policemen threatened to arrest me, and I decided to escape”.
“I have been arrested on three different occasions and remanded in prison. I don’t want to be taken to prison again and that was why I ran away”, he added.
But Adeleke affirmed that the suspect took the phone from his pocket when he was discussing with two policemen. He pointed out that it was when people drew his attention to the fact that the suspect has skillfully removed the phone from his pocket that he realised that his phone was not with him.
Corroborating Adeleke’s position, one of the policemen at the scene of the incident, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated that, after the initial arrest, the suspect jumped out of a speeding Toyota Hiace bus with a view to escaping before he was re-arrested in Mushin.
He explained that he has never seen a teenage display the kind of fearlessness, the suspect displayed today. ‘He stole a phone from a man we were interrogating, he resisted arrest and again jumped out of a speeding bus. These are too much for a teenager’.
‘I am not sure this guy is a cultist. He has countless weird tattoos on his body. There is dragon, human skull, scorpion, cobra and others. We also fund Indian Hemp in his pocket’, he added.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong