RRS recovers graduate’s valuables from ‘one chance’ robbers
Men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have recovered valuables stolen from a 20-year-old Liberty Whitney.
On her way from school at about 9.30pm on Sunday 1 November 19 ,the International Relations graduate from Lead City University, Ibadan, boarded an unmarked Danfo public bus from Oshodi to Mile 2. She was the only passenger in the vehicle at the time she boarded.
A few minutes after leaving the bus stop, more passengers came on board and the bus was left with two empty seats. On getting to Rainbow Bus Stop around Mile 2, two men boarded the bus and that was when pandemonium struck.
According to Whitney, “The bus was moving slowly to pick passengers at Cele Bus Stop when two guys in white native attires, having two guns each, pointing at us while asking that we remained calm and did as we were told.”
While other passengers were screaming and jumping down from the bus, she was held down by a man that had joined the bus earlier.Unknown to others, the man was a member of the gang. She said when she made another attempt to jump , one of the robbers, brandished a gun in her face with threat of getting shot if she failed to comply.
“One of them asked me for my phone, bag and money and when I was reluctant, he hit me on my neck, close to my chest with the butt of his gun . I couldn’t breathe well for some minutes. I handed over all I had with me instantly. They were my travelling bag, polythene bag, laptop, and phone, chargers and school certificates.
“After then, I was allowed to jump down from the vehicle. Minutes later, I heard a gunshot and a guy was thrown out of the bus. He had been shot . He hung on the back of the bus. I didn’t know why he did that though, but it was at this point that RRS men chased the vehicle with a motorcycles. The robbers shot several times into the air but the policemen went after them.”
Whitney said she followed the bus and the police at a reasonable distance on a bike until the robbers stopped and ran away. She was able to get her valuables and documents back except for her phone that the robbers took with them.
It was after she was calm that she realised that the man that had been shot and clung to the back of the bus was the driver. He was fighting for his bus, which was his only source of livelihood.The driver died on Thursday, November 23, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. He died of the gunshot wound he sustained at the hands of the robbers, the police said.
The Lagos State Police PRO, Chike Oti, while confirming the incident explained that investigations were on to arrest the robbers. He, however , advised that people should not drag valuables with robbers especially when they are armed. The case has been transferred to SCID, Panti for further investigations.
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