By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Two suspected railway tracks thieves are now cooling their feet in police net in Lagos.
Four others are also in police custody in the state over alleged traffic robbery.
It was learnt that the rail track robbers, identified as Victor Akpan, 21, of Ijora Lagos and one Adeshina Folorunsho of 36, Brickfield Street Apapa Road, were intercepted by police operatives attached to the office of the Area Commander, Area “E” Festac on 20th February, 2021, at about 4.00pm.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the suspects had concealed the vandalised items in commercial vehicle painted Lagos colour, before they were arrested by the operatives, said to be on routine patrol.
In the course of interrogation, it was learnt that the suspects could not give any satisfactory account of the vandalised items but claimed that they got them from some miscreants .
The other four suspects, as learnt were apprehended by police operatives attached to Aguda and Satellite Divisions during a separate robbery attacks.
The police public relations officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed all the arrests in a release issued on Sunday.
It reads, ” The police operatives attached to Satellite and Aguda Divisions of the command have arrested two (2) suspected traffic robbers each at different locations in their areas.
The Satellite Division arrested two (2) suspected traffic armed robbers along Agboju/Alakija on Lagos/Badagry Expressway on 19th February, 2021 at 1035pm.
The 2 suspects, Solomon Ayuba, m, 26 and Manase David, m, 20 were caught in the act by the police when they were attacking unsuspecting commuters in the area, while other members of the gang took to their heels.
The police operatives had placed suspected armed robbers under surveillance for some days before they were eventually arrested.
Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol, some cartridges and two face Masks.
In the same vein, the operatives attached to Aguda Division on 20th February, 2021, at about 1.35pm, arrested two (2) suspected traffic robbers while attacking and robbing a Toyota Siena Bus with Reg. No AAA 30 AZ, driven by one Apele Mohammed, m, on transit at Olatunji Onimole Street by Brown Junction.
The suspects are Ismail Abayomi, m, 24 and Seun Akinbunu, m, 25.
The suspects and others at large attacked the bus, broke its side screen and robbed one Atinuke Adisa of her Infinix-8 phone.
In another development, the operatives attached to the office of the Area Commander, Area E Festac, arrested two (2) suspects with some vandalised rail tracks belonging to the Nigerian Railway Corporation on 20th February, 2021, at about 4pm.
The policemen that were on routine check stopped the vehicle driven by one Victor Akpan, m, 21, of Ijora, Lagos and his accomplice, one Adesina Folorunsho, m, of No 36, Brickfield Apapa road and discovered the vandalised rail tracks in the said vehicle.
They could not give any satisfactory account of the vandalised items but claimed that they got them from some miscreants .
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered that the suspected traffic robbers be taken to State CID Panti for thorough investigation while the Area Commader Area E Festac works with his DPOs and intensify efforts to trace the fleeing traffic robbers and carry out thorough investigation on the vandalised rail tracks.
The police boss also reaffirmed the command’s commitment to continually flush out the criminals and hoodlums of Lagos State”.