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RRS nabs seven traffic robbers who masqueraded as face mask sellers


Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad announced on Thursday that seven suspected traffic robbers have been arrested in Lagos following complaints from the public.

This was contained in a statement issued by the RRS and made available to WuzupNigeria.

The statement disclosed that the suspects sometimes disguised as beggars and face mask sellers to terrorise motorists in different parts of the metropolis.

“The suspects, who were placed under close monitoring before their arrest this afternoon, on most occasion pretend to be beggars and nose mask vendors. They used the ploy to rob motorists and pedestrians visiting the complex,” it partly read.

Three of the suspects identified as Anifowoshe Kolawole (20), Patrick Ameke (21) and John Britto (27) were arrested at Ikeja City Mall while Segun Peters (22), Kabiru Odeh (25), Nurudeen Suraj (22) and Dennis Ikuvbogie (24), were picked up at Mile 2 Park with the help of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

The statement further read, “The Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had on a tip off on the activities of traffic robbers in Mile 2 this afternoon deployed plain cloth police men in the area to monitor and arrest the suspects.

“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 investigation and prosecution.

“One of the suspects, Nurudeen Suraj, was a week ago arrested and detained at Agboju Police Station. He explained that he was released from prison two months ago.

“Those arrested in Ikeja were selectively picked up after a petition initiated by the management of Ikeja City Mall on reported incidences of traffic robbery in the area.

“One of the suspects, Anifowsoshe Kolawole, who had been warned on many occasions by policemen pleaded for leniency.”

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, commended the civilians who provided the 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.”