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Lagos police arrest eight traffic robbers, recover weapons

By Odegbola Barakat

No fewer that eight suspected traffic robbers have been arrested and detained by the Lagos State Police Command while operating in Ketu, Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The command listed the arrested all male suspects to include Olawuyi Olayinka (27), Mayowa Adeleke (17), Fa’izu Ado (25) Segun Oluwatoyin (27), Haruna Shuaibu (29), Amos Abayomi (24), Monday Obayemi (25) and Okunlola Olawale (21).

The Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Odejobi, said that the suspects were arrested between Thursday night and early hours of Friday 12th February 2021 in line with the security agency’s commitment to further reduce crime and criminality in the state.

Giving further details of the arrest through a statement on Monday, Adejobi said that five among the suspects were arrested on Thursday at about 1030pm, by a team of Rapid Response Squad operatives led by its Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi around Motorways end of Ketu while the other three (3) suspects were caught in the act by another RRS patrol team around 6am on Friday.

He listed the items recovered from the suspects to include weapons, assorted charms, mobile phones, wraps of substances suspected to be
cocaine and other hard drugs.
 
“One of the suspects, Amos Abayomi, who was arrested with a machete in between traffic in the morning of Friday, 12th February, 2021, in Ketu, Lagos, disclosed that he use to rob in traffic with a syndicate of other hoodlums especially in the morning and at night.
 
“He further explained that there were instances where motor boys working in Ajelogo Park, Ketu would use their trucks to block the highway at dawn thereby creating artificial traffic so that they can feast on motorists and commuters held in traffic.
 
“Abayomi, who had dispossessed a young lady of her Tecno Spak 4 phone, shortly before he was arrested, noted that traffic robbery at dawn and night was all he does for a living. He also disclosed that he had handed over the phones he collected to one of his colleagues, Akube (now at large) before he was arrested.
 
“Abayomi, an Eiye cult member, also confessed that Monday Obayemi, who was equally arrested with assorted hard drug, robs and sells hard drugs in traffic to the suspects and other criminals on a daily basis,”
 
Furthermore, Adejobi said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the state’s Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation and prosecution.

He, however, reassured that the command would not leave any stone unturned in getting the state rid of criminals and hoodlums.

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