By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Two robbery suspects that specialise in attacking motorists held in traffic are now in police custody in Lagos.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command on Sunday night while on patrol along Oshodi-Oke area of the state.
Identified as Tunde Olaiya, 24, and Tokunbo Omotola, 26, the suspects according to report were arrested in separate encounters in Oshodi – Oke, while one stolen iphone X was recovered from Olaiya.
Olaiya, an ex – convict, had around 8:00 p.m. in Ojodu – Berger, Ikeja, in company of one Bolaji Nigga strangulated a motorist held in traffic light and stole his iphone X.
The duo while returning to Oshodi to hand over the phone to their buyer were intercepted by Rapid Response Squad (RRS) bikers, who suspected them to be traffic robbers.
When searched, one pass-worded iphone X was recovered from his pocket.
While his colleague escaped from the scene, Olaiya couldn’t explain where he got the phone.
This prompted the officers to transfer him to RRS Headquarters, where he confessed to have snatched the phone from a motorist in traffic.
Other items recovered from the suspect include powdery substance used in traffic robbery to break glasses of vehicles.
The victim, whose phone was retrieved from Olaiya described his experience in the hands of the criminal as traumatic.
He thanked the Police for helping him to retrieve the phone and SIM card.
Tokunbo Omotola, who is equally an ex – convict was also arrested in Oshodi area of the state for traffic robbery.
He confessed in his statement to the police that apart from robbery at night, he pickpockets during the day, adding that his robbery points were 7Up, Ojodu Berger; Kara Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 12 and Ojota Bridge.
Both suspects confessed that once the phones are collected, they remove the SIMs and sell them at N2000 each and sell the phones separately.
He added that he has been in the business since 2017.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has reaffirmed his commitment towards ridding the State of criminal elements. The suspects will be charged to Court.