See Photos : Robbers Arrested In Lagos
Three suspected traffic robbers have been arrested by the police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, in their hideout around Bourdillon area of Lagos State.
According to Vanguard, the suspects belong to a robbery gang that specialized in attacking motorists and commuters trapped in traffic around Ikoyi area of the state.
The RRS team arrested the trio as they were getting ready for an operation on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Recovered from the suspects were four cutlasses, axes and iron rods used in breaking victims’ cars’ windscreens.
The RRS Commander, Mr. Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said: “The suspects were arrested following complaints from members of public on incessant in-traffic robbery attacks around the axis.
“Our men laid an ambush, which led to the arrest of 24-year-old Joseph, 29-year-old Jamilu and 30-year-old Gambo. Others manage to escape the dragnet of the Police. When the policemen combed the area, different weapons were recovered from.”
Defending himself, one of the suspects, Jamilu, an indigene of Jigawa State, denied being a member of the gang and further revealed that one of his friends, Joseph, belonged to the 15-man gang that terrorised motorists.
He said: “Gambo and I are innocent. We were relaxing under a tree in the field when we were arrested. We were selling second-hand goods under the bridge before government sent us away.
“Since then, we have been staying under the tree. We are not members of the gang that attack people in traffic. But Joseph is. They are 15 in number. He usually leaves every evening with members of his gang.
“The field is their meeting place. When they come back from any operation, they would bring travelling bags, school bags, telephones and other items stolen from their victims. Gambo and I never partook in the operation or sharing of loot.”