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2 traffic robbers nabbed in Lagos

Posted On 12 Jul 2020
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2 traffic robbers nabbed in Lagos

Two robbery suspects who specialised in attacking motorists in traffic have been arrested by the Police in Lagos.
The suspects were alleged to be forcefully collecting phones and other belongings from their Victims.
The Suspects were nabbed by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on patrol at Oshodi – Oke, area of the metropolis.

The suspects, Tunde Olaiya, 24, and Tokunbo Omotola, 26, were arrested in separate encounters in Oshodi – Oke. One stolen iPhone X was recovered from Olaiya.

Olaiya, an ex-convict, had around 8:00 pm in Ojodu – Berger, Ikeja, in company with Bolaji Nigga attempted to strangulate a motorist held in a traffic light and stole his iPhone X.

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The duo while returning to Oshodi to hand over the phone to their criminal receiver was intercepted by RRS operatives who suspected the suspects to be traffic robbers.
One pass-worded iPhone X was recovered from Olaiya’s pockets while his accomplice escaped from the scene. Olaiya was not able to explain where he got the phone and that prompted the officers to transfer him to RRS Headquarters, where he confessed to having collected the phone from a motorist in traffic.

Other items recovered from the suspect included a powdery substance used to break the windshield of vehicles trapped in traffic.

The victim, whose phone was recovered from Olaiya described his experience in the hands of the criminal as traumatic. He thanked the Police for helping him to recover his phone and SIM card.

Tokunbo Omotola, also an ex-convict, was arrested in Oshodi for the same offence of traffic robbery.

Omotola confessed in his statement to the police that apart from robbing people at night, he used to engage in pickpocketing during daytime adding that his robbery points were 7Up, Ojodu Berger; Kara Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 12 and Ojota bridge.

The suspects confessed that once they robbed their Victims of their phones, they would first remove the SIM cards which they would sell at N2,000 each while they would sell the phones differently.

He added that he has been in the business since 2017.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, reaffirmed his commitment towards ridding the State of criminal elements.
Elkana, said the suspects would be charged to court soon.

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Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies. READ MORE ABOUT AUTHOR