It was a sad end for a gang of highway robbers that had been terrorizing the Ajah area of Lagos state for some time now as men of the Highway Patrol unit of the Oyo State Police Command recently brought their reign of terror to an end. TAYO JOHNSON reports
The end has come for a gang of highway robbers that had been terrorizing motorists and residents of Ajah area of Lagos State, thanks to the activities of the Oyo State Police command. The gang which had for long remained a threat to peace in the area was arrested along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by a team of policemen from the Highway Patrol unit of the command. The robbers, who were paraded in Ibadan last week, allegedly robbed a woman of her Toyota Camry car at gun point in Ajah in Lagos, and were escaping towards the Oyo State capital, when they were intercepted by the police. It was gathered that the four-man gang after robbing the woman of her car, forced her into the vehicle and later drove towards Third Mainland Bridge heading for Ibadan. Somewhere on the bridge, the woman was dropped off and given N400 to join a commercial vehicle back home. But luck ran against the robbers when they encountered a Highway Patrol team along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which stopped them for routine checks. But as they were being interrogated, three members of the gang ran out of the car and escaped into the bush leaving only the driver, 28-year-old Semiu Sikiru, who was arrested on the spot. One other member of the gang 27-year-old Daniel Okorie was later tracked down to Challenge area of Ibadan by the police and arrested.
Addressing journalists at Eleyele Police Command headquarters, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, revealed that the federal highway patrol team that arrested the suspect was led by Inspector Ihedoro Emmanuel, while the intercepted the stolen car had a registration number DL 550 BEN.
Indabawa explained that: “As the patrol team was trying to interrogate the occupants of the vehicle, three of the occupants jumped out of the car and escaped into the bush, adding that the unrelenting effort of the policemen led to the arrest of one of the fleeing suspects identified as Daniel at Orita Challenge area of Ibadan.
The police boss gave an assurance that the other suspects at large would soon be arrested.
Speaking with The Nation, one of the suspects, simply identified as Semiu, confessed to the crime, saying that his role in the gang was only to drive anytime they snatched cars.
According to him, the Toyota Camry vehicle was snatched from a woman in Ajah area of Lagos before they proceeded to Ibadan.
Also, his partner in crime, Daniel also confessed to the crime, saying that immediately the car was snatched from the woman they drove her in the vehicle and dropped her off on the Third Mainland Bridge and gave her N400 as transport fare.
He stated that he escaped into the bush with two others when policemen stopped them but was arrested later in Ibadan, where they had gone to meet with a buyer of the vehicle identified as Sola.
Daniel said the gang had successfully snatched four vehicles from their owners at gun point.
Also, a member of another gang of armed robbers simply called Uche was arrested along Ogbomosho/Ilorin Road by men of the Oyo State police command.
Uche confessed that his gang normally operates on the highway by nailing sharp irons in the middle of the road to entrap unsuspecting motorists. Their evil plan caught a trailer driver when the tyres of his truck were punctured by the sharp iron. But as the robbers converged on the vehicle to conclude their plot, a team of police that had laid ambush on the road pounded on them after which one of them named” Enukwe” who stays around Agbowo area in Ibadan was hit by the police bullet and was arrested. Indabawa, however, promised to track down those robbers that escaped, while advising the people of the state to be security conscious and report any suspect to the nearest police station.