Lagos State Task Force Arrest Suspected Notorious Criminal

Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) over the weekend arrested a notorious criminal, Godwin Okafor, for alleged robbery and pick-pocketing in Lagos.

According to Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Okafor was caught on top of Costain axis of Eko Bridge by the Enforcement and Monitoring patrol team of the agency. 


Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said further that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was a ring leader of a four-man criminal gang, who allegedly specialises in picking pockets and robbing the public of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelleries with the use of a commercial bus in different parts of the State.

The Task Force Chairman said: “The suspect and three others who are presently at large was nabbed after they jumped down from a commercial bus on top of costain bridge immediately they suspected that a patrol team of the Agency was chasing them right from Ojuelegba.

“There has been series of complaint by commuters on activities of these criminals using commercial bus to rob them of their valuables that was what prompted the officers of the Agency to embark on regular patrol of every nooks and crannies of the State.”

While being interrogated, Okafor, resident of No. 127, Ojo Road, Ajegunle, confessed that he started as a bus conductor 15 years ago before becoming a notorious Pick-pocket.

He further confessed that he and his criminal gang had operated at different parts of the state, which include: Oshodi, Mile 2, Obalende, Pen-cinema, Agege, Ojota and Ikorodu Road.

The suspect stated that passengers who refused to cooperate with his gang were beaten and thrown out of their commercial bus on top speed.

“We have been in this robbery and pick-pocketing business for long as we dispossessed our passengers of their valuables such as wallets, jewelleries including phones which we sold as fairly used to the public,” the Task Force’s statement quoted Okafor to have said.

The suspect also claimed that he and his gang made up to N80,000 to N100,000 daily after selling their stolen phones and other valuables.

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