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Police arrest 7 traffic robbers pretending to be beggars, nose-mask vendors

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested three alleged traffic robbers at Ikeja City Mall, while the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mile 2 Park also assisted the police to arrest four other traffic robbery suspects in Lagos Metropolis. The suspects are Segun Peters (22), Kabiru Odeh (25), Nurudeen Suraj (22) and Dennis Ikuvbogie (24) others are Anifowoshe Kolawole (20), Patrick Ameke (21) and John Britto (27). It was learnt that the suspects were arrested by RRS operatives after receiving intelligence report about their operation in the area.

The Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who had a tip off on the activities of the traffic robbers in Mile 2 area yesterday deployed plain clothes policemen to the area to monitor and arrest the suspects and it paid off as the suspects were arrested. However, the NURTW members had hounded down the four suspects before the officers got there. The suspects were thereafter handed over to the police team for further investigation and prosecution. In a confessional statement, one of the suspects Suraj who was a week ago arrested and detained at Agboju Police Station, explained that he was just released from prison two months ago for similar crime. It was also gathered that those arrested at Ikeja were selectively picked up after a petition by the management of Ikeja City Mall on reported incidences of traffic robbery in the area.

The suspects, who were placed under close monitoring before their arrest, on most occasions, pretend to be beggars and nose mask vendors. They used the ploy to rob motorists and pedestrians visiting the complex. One of the suspects, Kolawole, who had been warned on many occasions by policemen pleaded for leniency. The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi commended Lagos residents who provided intelligence to the police as well as those who assisted the police in arresting the suspects, stressing that, our communities would become safer if people co-operated with the police.

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