Five nabbed for dispossessing woman of handbag
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State police command have arrested five suspected armed robbers for dispossessing a 58-year-old woman of her handbag containing foreign and local currencies, as well as other valuables on New Year’s eve.
The suspects, Shola Oyedele, Adejuwon Adeniyi, Alex Ikoku, Salau Damilola, and Mohammed Muritala, were arrested by the operatives last Wednesday at Ikosi Road, Ketu area of Lagos.
The suspects were alleged to have accosted their victim, simply identified as Alhaja, around Ketu Bus Stop after alighting from a tricycle, at 9:00p.m. and dispossessed her of $800, 400 Qatari Riyald, N45,000, America Visa card, pouch containing gold trinkets valued at N110,000, a purse with unspecified amount and an Hawaii phone.
According to Alhaja, “I boarded a ‘Keke’ (tricycle) going to Ketu after crossing from Motorways. I was going to Ikorodu after visiting my children. I was surrounded by five young men wielding knife and daggers. They collected my phone and handbag,” she said.
Alhaja further said: “After collecting all I had on me, they were still using my line to call my husband that I should bring N25,000 to collect my phone and all they took from me.”
She told detectives that she reported the case at Ketu Police Station, where it was referred to RRS. She has since identified the suspects. Shola is one of the ringleaders of the gang. Shola in his confession to the police stated that the robbery was led by Sikiru, popularly known as Hauwa, who police said was on the run.
Shola, according to sources was said to have sold the victim’s mobile phone to one Michael Ogunnaike, who took the police to the suspect’s hideout in Ketu.
About 13 suspects were reported to have been arrested in the hideout, but five was said to have been indicted by Shola of their involvement in the robbery.
Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, stated that no criminal would go scot-free in Lagos, adding that the Commissioner for Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, had ordered that the case be transferred to FSARS for further investigations.
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