Officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a 7-man gang for snatching a black-colored Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) – Lexus RX330 and terrorizing residents in the Ijegun area of Lagos.
The modus operandi of the alleged criminals was to adorn military uniforms and attack their victims at gun point.
Confirming the incident, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu, stated that some items including ATM Cards, 2 cutlasses, 12 military uniforms, female pants, jack knives, local ring and military IDs were found in their possession. All seven suspects were paraded in public on Monday, September 23, 2019.
Members of the notorious gang include:
- Owolabi Adeyemo
- David Olufemi
- Emeka Ibe
- Ebedot Stephen
- Iseyin Israel
- Ndidi Oluchukwu
- Samuel Anochime.
Muazu said that several distressed calls had been received by residents of the community, expressing their ordeal in the hands of robbers fronting as military officers. The said criminals had attacked a motorist on his way to Ibadan in a black Lexus RX330, and made away with his car in February this year.
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The arrested soldiers being paraded by the Police
“It was on the strength of those complaints that we tasked our SARS operatives to identify the gang and apprehend them. Members of the robbery gang were arrested in the Ijegun, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja, Iyana Ipaja, Ishashi and Ikotun areas of Lagos. They are Ndidi Oluchukwu, 30; Owolabi Adeyemo, 42; David Olufemi, 47; Iseyin Israel, 41; Emeka Ibeh, 29; Samuel Anochime, 36; and Ebedot Stephen, 27. Investigation revealed that the suspects are dismissed soldiers."
According to the Commissioner, their investigations revealed that all the suspects were soldiers who had been dismissed from service. He further disclosed that all suspects would be arraigned in court from criminal offences.