Return Of Traffic Robbers To Lagos Tasks Police, Worries Residents
Residents are worried about the return of traffic robbery to Lagos and are wondering if there is a specific strategy the police would deploy to send them back into oblivion.
While they wait for that, the police can only continue with the arrests and busting of their operations as they receive information.
On Saturday, November 17, at about 5PM, some armed men were sighted robbing passers-bye of their valuables on traffic along Iju-Ishaga Road, Lagos.
On receipt of the information, Police operatives from Pen-Cinema, Ikeja mobilized to the scene.
However, when they sighted the operatives, the robbers ran in different directions. They were chased and, in the process, a cut to size locally made pistol with one life cartridge were recovered from one of them who was arrested.
During Interrogation, he gave his name as Olamide Bello and was said to be helping investigation towards apprehending other fleeing members of the gang for prosecution.
It was about 9.45PM few days after when information was received again that traffic robbers were sighted robbing motorists of their valuables on Apongbon bridge, Lagos Island.
Based on the information, Police operatives from Ebute-Ero Police Station and FSARS operatives attached to Lagos Island, were jointly mobilized to scene.
The robbers were chased and in the process one of the robbers was arrested and he gave his name as Abiodun Oladimeji.
He was immediately searched, and one battle axe and a jack knife were recovered from him.
According to the police, the suspect confessed that he belonged to a gang of traffic robbers terrorizing motorists in Lagos Island and environs.
It is expected that the suspect will also be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation, but whether the Lagos state government will ever solve the endless traffic gridlocks on its roads is one big headache for residents.
In a chat with Bounce News, a barber in Ojota who gave his name as Wale, decried the rate at which the robbers are getting away with their crime owing to the unfathomable traffic all over the city.
“As hardworking as their boss is, I don’t think the Lagos police will find a solution to the traffic robbery issue, unless there is no longer traffic in Lagos.
“They keep arresting people but the way the city is wired makes it too easy for these criminals to operate and escape. How many people will police arrest?” he lamented.
Perhaps solving the traffic system is the first way to make the efforts of the police more productive.
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