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LASTMA arrests two suspected kidnappers, rescues female victim

By Eniola Daniel and Benjamin Alade
01 December 2022   |   9:07 am
Operatives of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, arrested two suspected kidnappers: Monday Amhe and one Joy, for abducting a woman around Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos.  The agency’s Director, Public Affairs Department, Adebayo Taofiq said that the two suspected abductors were arrested by a team of the agency’s personnel from Somolu zone, while on patrol monitoring traffic…

Operatives of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, arrested two suspected kidnappers: Monday Amhe and one Joy, for abducting a woman around Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos. 

The agency’s Director, Public Affairs Department, Adebayo Taofiq said that the two suspected abductors were arrested by a team of the agency’s personnel from Somolu zone, while on patrol monitoring traffic around Yaba axis.

According to him, the suspects were both handed over to Sabo Divisional Police Station by LASTMA Officers for further investigations.

He said: “Our officers on patrol and with the help from passersby chased and apprehended a Toyota Corolla saloon car, marked: FST 60 RJ, after a lady at the back seat was heard shouting Kidnappers! Kidnappers!! Kidnappers, after the bridge towards Yaba from Jibowu.

“The driver and the lady in the front seat were immediately apprehended, while the woman who shouted kidnappers quickly got down. She explained that immediately she joined the car from Maryland going to Apapa, a lady beside the driver collected her phone with other valuables, which made her to shout after noticing that they were ‘one-chance’ operators.”

Taofiq said Amhe confessed further that they operate by picking up passengers along Ikorodu road and robbing them of their valuables before discharging them at any location of their choice.

According to LASTMA, the female suspect alleged that the driver introduced her to the business.
    
General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, however, cautioned members of the public to be extra vigilant and extra careful when boarding private or commercial buses.