You know how fierce looking men suddenly show up on deserted highways to rob unlucky road users whose vehicles break down?

That is what Sulaimon Quadri and Jubril Adetunji usually do.

But they were outsmarted by one Fakunle Akinloye along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos on March 31.

He was returning from work when his car plunged into a pothole and two of his car tyres burst.

As he tried to fix the tyres, the men came and demanded for cash.

They wanted him to give them N20,000 before he can be allowed to fix his tyres.

In the process, they dipped their hands inside the complainant’s pocket and removed N4, 000 and still demanded a balance of N16, 000.

Akinloye called his brother to bring some money to him but he however, arrived the scene with some policemen.

The duo of Quadri and Adetunji were arrested, while the others took to their heels.

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That was how they found themselves before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, facing a charge of conspiracy and robbery.

Quadri, 42, is a driver who resides at Ejigbo, near Lagos while Adetunji, 47, is a mechanic and lives at Iyana-Ilogbo in Ogun.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, noted that their offences contravened Sections 296 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, of which Section 296 prescribes a 21-year jail term for robbery.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and in her ruling, the Magistrate Mrs F.F. George, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She then adjourned the case until May 3.

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