- The police parade some suspected robbers arrested on Valentine's day celebration in Lagos
- The law enforcement agency say the suspects were arrested after successfully robbing about five victims
- The commissioner of police in Lagos state says the suspects would be charged after investigation is concluded
While the world marked the 2019 edition of the St Valentine’s day celebration, some suspected young armed robbers in Lagos decided to spend the day attacking their victims and collecting their valuables according to the police.
The suspects were arrested by operative of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the police command in Lagos state as they are believed to terrorise residents of the College Road area of Fagba, and the Abbattoir areas of the state.
“As for this group of boys, their diversity in terms of language and ethnicity was never a barrier as they were united in forming a gang with the sole interest of robbing Lagosians of their valuables.
“The robbers were arrested on Valentine’s day at around 9pm at College Road, Ifako – Ijaiye area of Lagos, after the gang had robbed more than five passers-by of their valuables brandishing knives and other harmful objects,” a statement from the police said.
The statement also named the suspects as Lekan Akinyemi (23), Chimeze Ofulie( 18), Babangida Abdullahi (22), Abubakar Umaru (30), Samuel Oyinloye (24), Timileyin Oladipupo (27) and Habeeb Olayinka, whose age was not stated.
According to the statement, the suspects are from different parts of the country but reside in Abattoir, Agege, Lagos, and they had recently robbed one Agafe Augustine after he alighted from a taxi at College Road, Ifako Ijaiye.
Amongst the items collected from him by the gang were an android phone, N14,000 and a handbag.
The statement quoted Agafe as saying: “I allowed them to rob me because they were many and were holding dangerous objects but I trailed them to an open place before raising alarm. This drew the attention of some RRS officers on patrol in the area and they arrested some of them.
“They equally robbed some other victims amongst whom were a lady in company of her boyfriend. They dispossessed them of their phones and stabbed her boyfriend who refused to let go of his mobile phone after parting with his wallet.”
One of the suspects reportedly confessed that they specialised in robbing passers-by at night collecting their mobile phones, bags, jewelry and wallets.
The police said its investigation revealed that one of the suspects, Timileyin Oladipupo, popularly known as ‘Timi Yahoo’, specialised in working on SIM cards of the stolen phones to determine which ones are internet banking enabled to facilitate the gang access to transfering money from victims' accounts.
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“I have worked on so many SIM cards given to me by Lekan and other groups in Agege Abbatior and what I do is to further increase our gain from the robbery by transfering victim’s money from their bank accounts after using some softwares to determine how much are lodged inside their accounts and we also share the proceeds,” he reportedly said.
The commissioner of police in Lagos, Mu’azu Zubairu, who ordered the arrest of all the gang members, added that they be transferred to SARS for a thorough investigation.
The gang would be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed, the commissioner said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, deployed not less than 55 commissioners of police and other deputy commissioners of the force to monitor all the 109 senatorial zones in Nigeria.
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