24th November, 2011
Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command have arrested three members of the nine-man gang which killed a police inspector, a corporal and pregnant woman at Bolade, Oshodi, Lagos Southwest Nigeria in September.
The suspects were arrested after a gun duel with operatives of SARS at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. The police also recovered N12.5 million from the robbery suspects while one of them was shot dead. Five of the suspects escaped.
Luck ran against them when theÂ SP Abba Kyari-led SARS received a distressed call that members of the gang had dispossessed a woman, identified as Mrs. Nneka of her Hyundai Tucson Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, with registration number CC 615 AKD.
The close circuit television (CCTV) installed in the area assisted the SARS men to identify the Hyundia Tucson.
Weapons recovered from the three suspects included AK 47 rifle, six live ammunition, 245 expended shells of AK 47, charms and a light green SUV.
The SUV snatched by the gang was abandoned while five of them escaped from the scene in a Toyota Camry saloon car.
One of the three arrested suspects, Ajibola Fatai Sulaimon, a.k.a Officer was identified as the leader of the gang..
P.M.NEWS gathered that detectives investigating the gang leaderâ€™s robbery escapades have visited Igbaja, Kwara State to unravel some of his nefarious activities.
According to police sources, Sulaimonâ€™s confession led to the arrest of other suspected robbers, Kehinde Akin,Â a.k.a. Leyigbo and Augustine Olufemi Macaulay. They were arrested at their hideout in Ebute Meta, Lagos.
The suspects, it was learnt, have owned up to having three AK 47 rifles, one pump action and two locally made pistols. They also claimed that they specialised in snatching Toyota products like Prado and that they robbed companies based on information supplied by insiders.
On their past operations, it was learnt that the gang snatched N8.5 million in Oshodi and N27.6 million in Ikeja.
A source at the SARS informed P.M.NEWS that investigation was ongoing into the activities of the gang. â€œWe are also on the trail of the five fleeing members of the robbery gang,â€ he added.
Police sources revealed further that during the gangâ€™s robbery operation at Bolade, Oshodi, the gang killed an unidentified Okada rider and Mr. Kayode Adebanji, a staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Three other policemen injured by Â the gang were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.
â€” Dedeigbo Ayodeji