A 20-year armed robber arrested by the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, on interrogation, confessed that his gang robs stranded motorists around Adeniji Adele end of the Third Mainland Bridge with toy gun.
The suspect, Rilwan Wasiu, an indigene of Oyo State, was arrested last Thursday under the bridge at Adeniji Adele, Lagos, at about 10:00 p.m. while he was fighting with his girlfriend.
The RRS Operatives has sighted the suspect beating his girlfriend late at night by the road side. The operatives stopped to mediate in the dispute when a toy gun fell off the body of Rilwan Wasiu.
The suspect had attempted to flee immediately the toy gun fell off his pocket when he was promptly apprehended and taken to the RRS Headquarters.
Wasiu had initially claimed that he picked the toy gun from where he was sleeping under the Adeniji Adele Bridge. “I found it where I was sleeping. I picked it up to go and destroy it before the misunderstanding with my girlfriend,” he said.
On further interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he is one of a three – man robbery team dispossessing stranded motorists and passers-by of their belongings around Adeniji Adele end of Third Mainland Bridge.
He revealed that the two other members of the gang are Salami and Sakiru; disclosing that they operate at night after working as bus conductors during the day.
The Lagos State Command Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, remarked that the deployment of more police officers by the Commissioner of Police to checkmate the activities of criminals on the Third Mainland Bridge had reduced crime in the area, adding that the Police are on the trail of other members of the gang.
The suspect has been transferred to FSARS for further investigations.