7th September, 2017
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS in Lagos have arrested three suspected car snatchers at Oyingbo area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and recovered a stolen Toyota Camry Saloon.
The car has the Registration Number APP 655 EZ from them.
Police identified the arrested suspects as Chika Ufondu, 32; Emmanuel Chinedu, 33, both from Anambra State, South East, Nigeria and Yusuf Adedeji, 29 from Ede Town in Osun State, South West, Nigeria.
The police alleged that nemesis caught up with the suspects when some concerned residents of Railway line area at Oyingbo, Ebute-Metta, Lagos tipped off the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP in Charge of FSARS, Mr. Ibrahim Kaoje that they suspected that the youths who normally bring different brands of cars to the area at midnight were armed robbers.
The police alleged that following the report, Kaoje deployed a crack team led by CSP Abdulahhi Muhammed to the area to investigate and arrest the suspects.
They alleged that after days of decoy surveillance by the team, the operatives swooped on the black spot of the suspects on 12 June, 2017 and arrested three suspects while their alleged leaders identified simply as Oyo and Emma managed to escaped with their weapons.
The police recovered a Toyota Camry Car from the arrested suspects. Police said that during investigation, the arrested suspects allegedly confessed to the crime that they specialized in snatching vehicles from owners in Lagos and other States with their fleeing leaders using pump action guns and locally made pistols.
And after investigation by Inspector Rotimi Ola and his team, the suspects were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a 2-count charge of armed robbery.
Police counsel, Abaraham Fadipe said that the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 6(B), 1(1) (2) (A) of the robbery and firearms (special provisions act) Cap R11 Laws of the Federations of Nigeria, 2004.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken and Magistrate Joy Ugbomoiko ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP on the matter.
Ugbomoiko adjourned the case till 10 October, 2017 for DPP’s advice report.