Police Arrest 3 Robbers In Lagos
Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a combat crime unit of the Lagos State Police command, yesterday smashed a robbery syndicate alleged to be terrorizing commuters and motorists around Bourdillion in Ikoyi area of the state.
The suspects, Joseph Edem, 24, Jamilu Musa, 29, and Gambo Yunusa, 30, were arrested where they were perfecting plans to carry out robbery operations.
While confessing to the crime, Jamilu Musa, who hails from Jigawa State, reportedly said though he was not one of the robbers, he knew Joseph Edema as a member of the robbery syndicate operating in the area.
“I and Gambo Yunusa are innocent. We only sell second-hand goods at under bridge before government sent us away from the bridge. In the evening times, we do relax under a tree in the field.
“But every evening, this boy (pointing to Joseph Edema and his gang numbering about 15) usually come here to meet. Some of them will even come with traveller’s bag and schoolbags but I don’t know the content. We will just be looking at them from a far place.”
On his part, Gambo insisted that they were not among the notorious guys snatching handsets, bags and other valuables from motorists and passers-by in the area, adding that they were just victims of circumstance.
Confirming their arrest, the RRS Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Olatunji Disu, said: “Following the complaints from members of the public of incessant in-traffic robbery attacks around the axis, our men laid an ambush on them which led to the arrest of the suspect, while others manage to escape the dragnet of the police. When the Policemen combed the area, different weapons were recovered from their hideouts.”
The commander said that the aggressive operations to bring the crime rate in the state to zero level will continue to yield positive results.
“Policemen are complementing and re-launching a massive aggression to all criminal hideouts in the state. And these operations have since yielded positive results as many in-traffic robbers had been rounded up. We will continue this onslaught until we achieve zero level of crime rate within the metropolis,” the Commander said.
Some of the weapons recovered from them included four machetes, axes, and iron rods.