11th May, 2011
Anti-robbery policemen from SARS in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, recently killed three suspected armed robbers, who specialized in robbing Christians of their cash, phones and other valuables during services
The build-up to this stage for the robbers, a police source said, occurred on Sunday 1 May 2011 along Oduduwa Crescent, GRA, Ikeja, when an unidentified man was dispossessed of his Honda car by a gang of armed robbers while making a phone call.
Rattled by the action, the man contacted the police control room, which in turn, radioed all police formations in the state to be on the look-out for the criminals
Kyari Abba, officer-in-charge of SARS, responding to the radio message was said to have monitored the movement of the robbers in the stolen vehicle since there was a tracking system.
After moving from Mile 2 to Badagry and eventually to Iyana-Oba, the suspected robbers finally settled at Iba Estate on Sunday night with the intention of getting out of Lagos the following day.
However, luck ran out on the suspects as the anti-robbery policemenÂ officers on Monday, 2 May, 2011 laid ambush for them and engaged them in aÂ shootout that eventually led to the death of three of them.
P.M.NEWSÂ also learnt at the SARS office in Ikeja that one Charles Okon, leader of the gang that stormed Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on April 27, this year and dispossessed the worshippers of their cash, handsets and other valuable items was arrested while sharing his loots at Tin Can Island Port in Apapa, Lagos with his colleagues.
Items recovered from Okon were over N1million, four laptops, five phones, one clipper, one security shirt and three construction iron rods
Samuel Jinadu, Lagos police spokesman said Okon would be charged to court as soon as investigations into the incident are completed