According to reports, one Godwin Okafor was apprehended on Friday in Costain stealing from motorists im traffic. Another three of the arrested suspects, Daniel Ani, 19, Akinbode Muiz, 17, and Oluwasegun Emmanuel, 24, were caught stealing from motorists in traffic around at 10pm under Daleko bridge, Iyana Isolo. While another two Olalekan Taoreed and Adeniyi Okunloye, 25, were caught at Alafia along Badagry Expressway on Friday night.
Public relations officer of the force in Lagos, Bala Elkana, in a press briefing yesterday revealed that the suspects arrested at Daleko already confessed to be responsible for traffic robbery at Mushin and its environs.
“They confessed to have stolen phones and bags from victims, as well as a bag containing N25,000, belonging to Oyebanji Ibukun of 14, Waheed Ologunju Street, Oke-Afa Isolo, Lagos before they were nabbed by the police.
“Two knives and cutlasses were recovered from the suspects. Investigation is ongoing. The suspects will soon be charged to court.
“The patrol team attached to Orile Police Station, at about 8pm on Friday, received a distress call that some traffic robbers were operating at Alafia, along Badagry Expressway.
“The anti-robbery teams were quickly sent to the scene. Two suspects, Olalekan Taoreed, 20, of 20, Sunday Street, Ijora Badia and Adeniyi Okunloye, 25, of Alaba Road, Suru-Alaba were arrested.
“One Samsung Duos phone stolen from one of the victims was recovered from them. One big sharp cutlass, which was used in inflicting injuries on their victims, was recovered from them. The suspects confessed to be responsible for traffic robberies at Orile and its environs. Investigation is on. The suspects will be charged to court.
“Police Commissioner Zubairu Muazu warns that tough times await traffic robbers with the deployment of surveillance teams across the state. The command will continue to make Lagos State difficult for criminals to operate. The CP calls on Lagosians to be vigilant at all times,” said Elkana.
Another suspect Okafor, who was arrested by policemen attached to the Task force on Environmental Sanitation, is allegedly renowned for his notorious activities.
According to reports, Okafor is alleged to be th leader of a four-man syndicate group that carried out their nefarious activitues in different areas of the state in a commercial bus, robbing victims of valuables.
“The suspect was nabbed after he and three others now at large, jumped down from a commercial bus on top of Costain bridge immediately they suspected that a patrol team of the agency was chasing them from Ojuelegba,” said Chairman Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), in a statement by his spokesman, Taofiq Adebayo.