Two robbery suspects, who specialise in dispossessing motorists of their belongings in Lagos traffic, have been arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad in the state.
The suspects; Tunde Olaiya, 24, and Tokunbo Omotola, 26, were arrested along Oshodi-Oke area of Lagos State in separate encounters.
One stolen iphone X was recovered from Olaiya.
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According to a statement released by Bala Elkana, Lagos State police command spokesperson, “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.
“On search, 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 collected 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 criminals as traumatic. He thanked the Police for helping him retrieve the phone and SIM card.
Omotola, who is also an ex-convict, was arrested in Oshodi for traffic robbery.
Elkana said he confessed in his statement to the police, that apart from robbery at night, he engages in pickpocket during the day.
He added that his robbery points are: 7Up, Ojodu Berger, Kara Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 12 and Ojota Bridge.
The police said Omotola added that he has been in the business since 2017.
Both suspects confessed that once phones are collected, they remove the SIMs and sell at N2,000 each apart from the phones.