7 Nabbed For Robbing Stuck Motorists

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The policemen in Ajegunle, Kirikiri Division, have arrested seven suspects who specialise in stealing commuters’ handsets, money and other valuables while stuck in traffic jam. At the time of their arrest, N11,400 and eight handsets  including a blackberry phone were recovered from the suspects.

According to police sources, the suspects were arrested on the bridge at Otto-Wharf, Mile 2 and Berger yard on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

One of the suspects claimed to be an electrician resident in Ajenifuja Street, Ajegunle. He said he was collecting money from motorists whose vehicles broke down on the highway when he was arrested.

Another suspect, who said he was a bus conductor with no fixed address claimed he used to sleep at Mile 2 motor park but he was arrested during an operation at Otto-Wharf.

The third suspect, a tricycle operator said he was arrested during a robbery operation when he was about collecting money from a victim. He allegedly confessed to taking part in three robbery operations before he was arrested.

The fourth suspect, who claimed to be from Delta State, said he was a  driver, resident in Ojo Ajegunle Street, Ojo Road, Lagos. He denied taking part in the robbery, saying he was arrested while returning from work. He confessed that he was released from detention at Kirikiri prison recently because he stole a phone from a policeman.

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The fifth suspect, a native of Ilorin, Kwara State and resident in Layinka Street, Ajegunle, Olodi, Apapa, Lagos said he was a bus conductor. He confessed to being a robber before but had ‘repented’ when he was recently arrested at Ottor-Wharf area of Apapa.

The next suspect claimed to be an Okada rider and lives in Orege Street, Mechanic bus stop, Olodi-Apapa, adding that he was arrested with his friend who was accused of snatching a phone set. He said he was returning home from where he had collected an okada on a hire purchase when he decided to visited his friend. He said it was during the visit that police raided the area and arrested him.

A 23-year old bus conductor form Delta State who lives in Police Lane, Ajegunle, Olodi Apapa, Lagos admitted that he was arrested by the police during a robbery operation.

Crime Watch learnt that all the seven suspects were transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

—Ayodeji Dedeigbo

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