Lagos Special Task Force Nabs 223 Suspects In Night Raid
Two suspected robbers were, weekend, arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, just as over 220 suspected notorious criminals were arrested from various hideouts around Lagos Island.Vanguard reports that one of the suspects, Moshood Olowu, 24, said he and his two other accomplices, still at large, left New African Shrine in Alausa Business District, Ikeja, venue of the Felabration and were heading to Ikorodu through Ojota, when they committed the crime.
He confessed: “We were at Ojota around 5a.m. after leaving Felabration venue to board a bus to Ikorodu. I dipped my hand into another passenger’s pocket, when we were rushing to board a bus and I removed his phone and passed it to my colleague, Ayobami and Jide.
“The owner held my hand and prevented me from joining the bus. Ayobami and Jide, who I gave the stolen phone to, went away, while RRS operatives arrested me.”
The other suspect, Olasunkanmi Olajide, stated that he was in company of nine other accomplices from New African Shrine when they accosted one Pastor Adetayo Samuel waiting to board a bus to Ibadan around 5a.m. at Old Toll Gate, Ketu, collected three mobile phones and N6,000 from him.
He said: “We fled the scene immediately and we broke into three groups. We were trailed by RRS patrol team, who received complaint from our victim. They arrested me while I was trying to board a bus to Ibafo.”
According to the third suspect, Rasak Adebola, “I was going to Ajah to retire for the night. Just before I got to Chisco around Maroko at about 11p.m., I snatched a lady’s handbag and attempted to escape, but the RRS men were in my front.
“I waited and handed over the bag. I don’t know what came over me. I had only N200 on me. I have been waiting for traffic to build up. I have never been imprisoned before. I plead for leniency. I won’t repeat it again.
“I was a motor cycle rider in Shomolu. I came to Ajah to learn carpentry and get serious with my life.”
The three suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, for further investigation and prosecution.