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We formed our gang in prison, says suspected killer of Taxify driver

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Two of the robbery suspects arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State police command for killing a Taxify driver and snatching his vehicle have confessed that they formed their robbery gang in Kirikiri Prison. ‬

The suspects, Simon Tyozemda, 27 from Benue State and Lucky Friday, 24 from Delta State, were arrested last week Wednesday with two long knives inside a UBER operated cab, a Toyota Camry with registration number APP 145 EE, which they had planned to steal after killing its driver. ‬

The gang leader, Simon had through his girlfriend’s UBER app ordered a taxi at 11:00p.m. last week. The suspect’s plan was to lure the driver of the Toyota Camry to a desolate location on Lekki-Epe Expressway, kill the driver and take away his vehicle, when their vehicle was stopped by RRS officers for a stop and search. The officers noticed one of the suspects seated at the back hiding a long knife. ‬

Investigations revealed that the duo ex-convicts who were released between December 2017 and January 2018 from Kirikiri Prison had sometime in February 2018 in a similar manner snatched a Taxify Toyota Corolla with registration number FST 663 EZ along Badore Road, Ajah at about 2:00a.m. after killing its driver. ‬

The suspects had after snatching the Toyota Corolla, sold it to one Mohammed Usman for N350,000. Mohammed had only paid N100,000 and was to move the vehicle to Jigawa when RRS Decoy Team arrested him. ‬The Taxify driver, Godfrey Ovie’s body was dropped in Badore by the suspects, where it was discovered the following day by the police. ‬

Meanwhile, the Lagos State police command yesterday said a syndicate responsible for forcing teenage girls into prostitution at Iyana Ipaja has been arrested. Police boss, Imohimi Edgal stated this during the parade of suspects including some of the victims at the command headquarters in Ikeja. 

  
Among those arrested were Glory Asuquo, 15, Destiny Ita-Bassey, 19, Bright Effiong, 18, Josephine Edet, 25, Emmanuel Thomas, 29, and Okon John, 34. 

  
Edgal said Thomas was one of the coordinators of the prostitution ring, which operated from Collabor Hotel, adding that he brought underage girls to Lagos for the trade. 
He said the hotel was raided after the police received intelligence of happenings in it, adding that Asuquo was the first person detectives apprehended. 

  
Edgal said: “Based on intelligence, a team of policemen from the command and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) led by Mohammed Sanusi, a Chief Superintendent of Police stormed the location and arrested one Glory Asuquo, 15.

She confessed that she was brought to the said address some weeks ago and handed over to one Monica Ita, 25. This led to the arrest of other underage girls. The coordinators of the prostitution ring, one Thomas Emmanuel, 29, and Okon John, 34, were also arrested.”


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