Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested 11 suspected cultists and traffic robbers for terrorizing and dispossessing members of the public of their valuables in the Ikeja area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Monday that the suspects were arrested following a distress call from a victim, adding that the suspects confessed to the crime during interrogation.
He said, “The command has been arresting traffic robbers, who terrorize and dispossess innocent people of their belongings in the state, while many of them are being kept at bay due to the consistency and commitment of the command to tackling the menace and other forms of criminality in the state.
“In furtherance of the command’s anti-crime measures, the police operatives attached to the Strike Team of the command, on May 1, 2021, around 2pm, arrested 11 suspected cultists and traffic robbers, who were attacking and dispossessing innocent people of their belongings at the Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along, Lagos.
“The operatives, who responded to a distress call from one of the victims, raced to the area and arrested some of the suspects in action, while others were arrested at their hideouts around Ikeja Along. They have confessed to the crime. The suspects also revealed that they attack their targets with iron rods, guns, cutlasses and charms during operations.”
Adejobi stated that investigation led to the arrest of an accomplice, Idris Adamu, adding that efforts were on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.
The PPRO said, “In the course of police investigation, the suspects revealed one of their receivers, one Idris Adamu, 42, who was immediately arrested at the Alade Market. A gold necklace of one of the victims and many other suspected stolen items like phones, necklaces and watches, among others, were recovered from him.
“Other victims of their robbery operation on the said date have been identified and are assisting the police in their investigation. The police operatives are presently interrogating the suspects in order to extract more information on their mode of operations, membership and accomplices so as to apprehend other members of the gang and those who conspire with them in committing the dastardly act in the area and across the state.
“The suspects are Sadiq Masaki, 22; Oladimeji Olatunbosun, 24; Adam Hassan, 21; Tunde Afolayan, 24; Michael Ademola, 22; Olamide Johnson, 20; Abiodun Opeyemi, 22; Oluseyi Agbaje, 21; Daniel Ayomide, 20, and Adebayo Tobi, 21.
“The CP has ordered that the Strike Team profiles the suspects and go after their gang members and conspirators as the command will not spare anyone, who engages in any act of criminality, no matter its magnitude.”