Police arrest 2 suspected robbers operating in traffic

The Police have arrested two suspected robbers operating in traffic on the Lekki/Epe Expressway in Lagos.

Akpan Samuel and Ani Chukwuma were said to be notorious armed robbers, who specialised in robbing commuters plying Lekki/Epe Expressway.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) in a statement said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Command.
The operation was led by the Divisional Police Officer for Maroko, CSP Isah Abdulmajid.

During interrogation, Oti said, the suspects stated that their modus operandi was to mount the pedestrian bridge at Maruwa bus stop, Lekki/Epe Expressway.

“At that vantage position, they were able to monitor the traffic and carefully select their target.

“They, thereafter, swoop on their target and rob them of their valuables by using a big hammer to smash side glasses and windscreens of drivers who refused to roll down their glasses when commanded to do so.

“The hammer and an improvised pistol that appears like a perfect prototype of a Berretta pistol were recovered from them,” he said.

According to the PPRO, motorists along that route will now heave a sigh of relief as the suspects were remanded in Ikoyi Prison after their arraignment at Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

“Their activities were a source of concern to the Command thus the Commissioner of Police directed the DPO to mobilise all assets at his disposal to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums.

The CP assures that the activities of this set of criminals will soon be a thing of the past as the command has increased surveillance along all routes with heavy traffic.”
By our Crime Correspondent


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