By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The police in Lagos have smashed a syndicate of transborder banditry, apprehending three of its members and their herbalist.
Identified as Ajagba Handed, aka John T, Tabinju Patel a.k .a Popo, Botan Remmy.all national of Republic of Benin were said to have been arrested by undercover operatives of the command.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command. Edgal Imohimi who made the disclosure Tuesday while parading criminal suspects at the command headquarter, said the suspects were intercepted at Mile 2 Expressway while on another mission, while the herbalist
was nabbed following a confessional statement by the robbers.
He disclosed that the suspects had dispossessed one Olayinka Oyebola of his Toyota Prado Jeep marked LSR 677 DF, his Samsung Galaxy Edge phone, Laptop and N45, 000,00 cash at Ajose Adeogun on 20th January. 2018.
Further. Edgal said they also robbed under gun point one Engr. Fidel Onwodi of his Toyota Prado Jeep with registration number ABC 853 LK opposite Southern Sun Hotel Ikoyi, while buying beef barbeque popularly know as suya.
The victim, who was with his wife at the time of the robbery were both moved to the rear side and drove towards the Third Mainland bridge. Edgal added.
His wife, according to the police boss had jump out of the car while in traffic before the victim was dropped on the bridge.
While the robbers made away with Engr. Onwodi’s car, according to Edgal, that of Oyebola was parked at a location in Babatunde Crescent. Oniru Victoria Island where it was recovered by the operatives.
The Police Commissioner further disclosed that one AK-49 rifle with serial No. PE-2473, forty-three AK-49 live ammunition, one locally made cut to dizet double barrel, six live cartridges, one license plate Number JD-697-KJA and one assorted charms were recovered from them.
Edgal added that the suspects have confessed to series of robbery operations in which exotic cars were snatched at gun point, including that of Engr. Onwodi said to be in Cotonou presently.
He also said the native doctor had confessed to be the one preparing.g charms for the gang for successful robbery operations and also helps the gang to cross arms and ammunition from Cotonou into Nigeria.