Police arrest two traffic robbery suspects in Lagos hotel

Two suspected members of a robbery gang that had been terrorizing commuters along Agboju/Alakija, Two/Badagry expressway, Lagos, have been arrested by policemen attached to satellite division.

Two suspected members of a robbery gang that had been terrorizing commuters along Agboju/Alakija, Two/Badagry expressway, Lagos, have been arrested by policemen attached to satellite division.

The suspects, as reliably gathered, were arrested in a hotel around Satellite Town. Information at newsmen’s disposal revealed that members of this gang converged in the hotel between 6pm and 7pm, on any given operation day to strategize on how and when to launch an attack on their victims .

They usually left the hotel about 9pm, when the traffic along that axis would have built up, dispossessing helpless commuters of cash and other valuables. Thereafter, they would leave for the hotel to share their loot and return between 12 midnight and 1am. By this time, trucks would have taken over the ever busy express, leaving private motorists at the mercy of the gang.

However, luck ran against them over the weekend, as residents said to have been monitoring them, alerted policemen attached to Satellite division. The Divisional Police Officer, CSP Chike Oti, was said to have led a team of policemen to the hotel , to effect their arrest. Two of them were apprehended while others managed to escape Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, gave identities of the suspects as Solomon Ayuba, 26, and Manase David, 20.

Adejobi said “The police operatives had placed the suspects under surveillance for some days before they were eventually arrested. Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol, some cartridges and 2 face masks”.

He further disclosed that two suspected traffic robbers were arrested while attacking a Toyota Sienna bus with plate number AAA 30 AZ, driven by one Apele Mohammed at Olatunji Onimole area of Surulere.

He said: “The suspects: Ismail Abayomi, 24 and Seun Akinbunu, 25, and others at large attacked the bus, broke its side screen and robbed one Atinuke Adisa of her Infinix-8 phone.

“In another development, the operatives attached to the office of the Area Commander, Area ‘E ‘Festac, arrested two suspects with some vandalised rail tracks belonging to the Nigerian Railway Corporation on February 20, 2021, at about 4pm.

“The policemen that were on routine check stopped the vehicle driven by one Victor Akpan, 21, of Ijora area of Lagos and his accomplice, one Adesina Folorunsho, of 36, Biefield Apapa road, and discovered the vandalised rail tracks in the vehicle. They could not give any satisfactory account of the vandalised items but claimed that they got them from some miscreants .

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu ,has ordered that the suspected traffic robbers be taken to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for thorough investigation while the Area Commander, Area ‘E’ Festac , works with his DPOs and intensify efforts to trace the fleeing traffic robbers, as well as carry out thorough investigation on the vandalised rail tracks”, Adejobi stated.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

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Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

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“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

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