- A 20-year-old man robbery suspect has been arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state police command
- The suspect, Rilwan Wasiu, was arrested under Adeniji Adele bridge in Lagos while he was fighting with his girlfriend
- Wasiu confessed that his gang uses a toy gun to rob stranded motorists around Adeniji Adele end of the Third Mainland Bridge
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state police command on Thursday, April 5, arrested a suspected robber identified as Rilwan Wasiu, while reportedly beating up his girlfriend under the Adeniji Adele Bridge.
According to the police, some officers who were on patrol around 10pm that day had been drawn to the noise of the scuffle between the 20-year-old and his lover when he was caught, The Punch reports.
The officers were trying to mediate when a toy gun allegedly fell from Wasiu’s body. The suspect during interrogation allegedly confessed to be a member of a three-man gang which specialised in dispossessing stranded motorists of their valuables.
A statement by the RRS said: “The officers sighted him beating up his girlfriend by the roadside. They stopped to mediate in the dispute when a toy gun fell off his body. The suspect attempted to run away immediately the toy gun fell off, but he was promptly apprehended and taken to the RRS headquarters."
Wasiu was said to have claimed that he picked the toy gun from where he was sleeping under the Adeniji Adele Bridge and planned to have destroy it.
The suspect reportedly later confessed to be a member of a robbery gang which dispossessed stranded motorists and passersby of their belongings around Adeniji Adele end of the Third Mainland Bridge.
The police said the suspect mentioned two other suspects, Salami and Sakiru, with whom he operated at night after working as bus conductors during the daytime.
The police public relations officer, Lagos state command, SP Chike Oti, said the police were on the trail of other members of the gang. He noted that the suspect had been transferred to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigations.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the police in Ogun state have arrested two armed robbery suspects at Kara area on the long bridge axis of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway while planning to carry out their nefarious acts.
Tribune reports that the suspects were said to have been arrested in the early hours of last Thursday, January 2, following intelligence report that a gang of robbers were planning to unleash terror on motorists plying the highway.
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