Members of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested three suspected robbers who specialize in attacking motorists trapped in traffic around the Ikoyi area of Lagos state.
The suspects were reportedly arrested in their hideout around Bourdillon, whilethey were getting ready to go on another robbery spree.
The RRS recovered four cutlasses, axes and iron rods used in breaking victims’ cars’ windscreens/side windows from the suspected robbers.
According to the RRS Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olatunji Disu, they suspects:
“were arrested following complaints from members of the public on incessant in-traffic robbery attacks around the axis.
“Our men laid an ambush, which led to the arrest of 24-year-old Joseph, 29-year-old Jamilu and 30-year-old Gambo. Others manage to escape the dragnet of the Police. When the policemen combed the area, different weapons were recovered from.”
However, two of the suspects Jamilu from Jigawa State and Gambo said they were innocent of the allegation. Jamilu said one of his friends, Joseph, was a member of the robbery gang but not him.
According to him:
“Gambo and I are innocent. We were relaxing under a tree in the field when we were arrested. We were selling second-hand goods under the bridge before government sent us away.
“Since then, we have been staying under the tree. We are not members of the gang that attack people in traffic. But Joseph is. They are 15 in number. He usually leaves every evening with members of his gang.
“The field is their meeting place. When they come back from any operation, they would bring travelling bags, school bags, telephones and other items stolen from their victims. Gambo and I never partook in the operation or sharing of loot.”