Police Rapid Response Squad has again arrested three men suspected to be traffic robbers
The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos Police Command, has arrested three ex – convicts for in-traffic robbery in Oshodi.
The robbery suspects, Adekunle Mustapha, 21, Popoola Olumide, 20 and Femi Amusa, 20, were arrested following a tip off from their victim, Olasunkanmi Oyelakin, who alerted the Police that his blackberry phone was stolen by the suspects in the early hours of the day around Bolade, Oshodi.
The victim recounted his ordeals to the Police, “I was on my way to Ajah at about 6:30 a.m, I saw Adekunle Mustapha passed by the bus I boarded. Unknown to me, he was monitoring me. A few minutes later, I noticed a missed call on my phone, and as I brought out the phone, Mustapha took the phone from me through the bus window and ran away. Because there was traffic, I made no attempt to struggle with him, but got down from the nearest bus-stop and began to monitor him. I noticed that he had regrouped with his friends and one of them was telling him to hand over the phone he stole from me”.
“I knew I couldn’t handle the three of them all alone, so I informed the RRS operatives who followed me down to the place where he was arrested”, Oyelakin explained.
The visibly distraught Mustapha said that he was driven by frustration to steal the handset from him. “I am a bus conductor in Oshodi. I am from Ibadan and a secondary school dropout. I don’t have a house but I sleep in Ojuwoye, Mushin,” he said.
“ I am an ex – convict. I don’t want to go to prison again. Government should please have mercy on me. I was frustrated so I started robbing in traffic just to have something to eat. I won’t do it again”, he pleaded.
Mustapha’s accomplices, Popoola Olawale and Femi Amusa said that although they saw Mustapha in Oshodi regularly, they are also bus conductors and not in-traffic robbers. They added that they were in Lagos to make money to buy their working tools having completed their apprenticeship.
In another development, RRS has recovered a locally made gun with a cartridge in Surulere.
The gun was recovered about 2:00 a.m. by RRS man on a regular patrol of Iganmu Bridge by Brewery, Surulere. The policeman had spotted three men standing in a suspicious manner. The men on sighting the officer took to their heels.
However, when a search was conducted on where the men were standing, a locally made short gun was found with an unused cartridge.
Confirming the story, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Joe Offor said that the three suspects have been charged to court.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong