Six members suspected to be a deadly robbery gang that killed a policeman and snatched his AK 47 riffle have been arrested by the police in Lagos State.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the state commissioner of police, Idowu Owphunwa, during a parade of suspects arrested in the state in the last month.
The Lagos police boss stated that ” On 3rd of August 2023 at about 2200hrs, based on intelligence gathering on the armed robbery incident around Airport Hotel Ikeja that led to the brutal murder of a police officer and the carting away of his rifle
” Operatives of the command embarked on a discreet investigation and arrested Salami Ahmed ‘m’, aged 30, Ismaila Adio ‘m’, aged 22, Toheeb Muri ‘m’, aged 23, Seyi Olajide ‘m’, aged 24, Nelson Sunday ‘m’ aged 34 and James Nnamani ‘m’ aged 24 at their hideout in Alagbado and Amikanle areas of Lagos State.
CP Owohunwa added, “One AK47 rifle with twenty-one rounds of live ammunition were recovered. This syndicate is also responsible for robbing a popular nightclub in Ikeja on the 19th of July, 2023.
The Command uses this opportunity to advise individuals and companies seeking police services to follow the right channel to avoid falling into the wrong hands. “
He also added, ” To this end, I have set up a taskforce headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations to checkmate illegal duty by officers by identifying such officers and promptly arresting them for further disciplinary action. “
” On 10th of August 2023 at about 1310hrs, operatives of the Command arrested one Solomon Ochohepor ‘m’, aged 40, and Abu Ibrahim ‘m’, aged 47, for impersonation. “
CP Owohunwa added, ” The duo were impersonating mobile police officers guarding an estate and were arrested when they were trying to effect an arrest on a case reported by a lady who thought them to be genuine officers. “
” One fabricated AK47 rifle with three live ammunitions, a pair of police camouflage uniforms, a jack knife, and police identity card were recovered from the suspects.”
He added, “Investigation is ongoing to apprehend other fleeing members and recover their operational arms.