Desperate times call for desperate measures.

A robber desperate to escape the long arm of the law has jumped into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge.

No one could, however, tell if the 19-year-old robber identified only as Junior survived or swam out, as he fled with the loot.

It was learnt that the suspect was among a four-man gang that specialised in using vehicles to rob commuters, aka one chance.

The gang was said to have succeeded on Monday and were heading towards the Lagos Island when they were intercepted by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, who had been tipped-off by a victim.

Although three of the alleged robbers were caught, the fourth suspect who had the loot was said to have jumped into the lagoon after he escaped being killed by two vehicles in motion.

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A community leader, Musbau Adekunle, said the gang had robbed one of his subordinates in the Oodua Peoples Congress on Sunday, adding that in anger, the OPC placed a curse on the robbers.

The RRS, in a statement on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested by men monitoring the Iyana Oworo end of the expressway.

“The policemen, after being informed that the one-chance robbers were operating around the area, chased the bus, a Volkswagen with number plate, AKD 562 XP. The robbers, after being waylaid by the officers on the Third Mainland Bridge, abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot.

“But they were arrested. One of the robbers, who was later identified as Junior, 19, was hit by speeding vehicles twice on the bridge before he jumped into the lagoon,” the police said.

A member of the gang, Akinyemi, said the group had been operating for over three months in Lagos.

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