By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested 11 suspected traffic robbers in Ikeja area of the state.
A statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi on Monday said the police operatives attached to the Strike Team of the Command, on 1st May, 2021, at 2pm, arrested 11 suspected cultists and traffic robbers who were attacking and dispossessing innocent people of their belongings at Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along, Ikeja-Lagos.
He said the operatives who responded to a distress call from one of the victims (name withheld), raced to the area and arrested some of the suspects in action while others were arrested at their hideouts around Ikeja Along.
“They have confessed to the crime. The suspects also revealed that they attack their targets with iron rods, guns, cutlesses and charms during operation.
“In the course of police investigation, the suspects revealed one of their receivers, one Idris Adamu, m, 42, who was immediately arrested at Alade Market, Lagos State. A gold neck lace of one of the victims and many other suspected stolen items like phones, neck laces, watches etc were recovered from him,” Adejobi said.
He said other victims of their robbery operation on the said date have been identified and that they were assisting the police in their investigation.
Adejobi disclosed that the police operatives were presently interrogating the suspects in order to extract more information on their mode of operations, membership and accomplices so as to apprehend other members of the gang and those who conspired with them in committing the dastardly act in the area and across the state.
The suspects are Sadiq Masaki, 22; Oladimeji Olatunbosun, 24; Adam Hassan, 21; Tunde Afolayan, 24; Michael Ademola, 22; Olamide Johnson, 20; Abiodun Opeyemi, 22, Oluseyi Agbaje, 21; Daniel Ayomide, 20 and Adebayo Tobi, 21.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the Strike Team profiles the suspects and go after their gang members and conspirators as the command will not spare anyone who engages in any act of criminality, no matter its magnitude.
“The Police boss also directed that the Commander RRS, the Commander Taskforce and other tactical Commanders should sectorise the state for easy operation and get rid of traffic robbers and other criminals in order to accord perfect and excellent service delivery as well as effective security to all and sundry in Lagos State,” Adejobi said.