From a new traffic report getting to us, a police special force known as the Special Weapons and tactical Team (SWAT) has apprehended three suspected car thieves who specialized in stealing cars. The suspects are also known for robbing motorists of their phones and other valuables along Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos. It was believed that these suspected criminals had confessed to their crimes, claiming they had been using that route to carry out their criminal activities for a long time. The three suspects identified as 29-year-old Adebimpe Yinka, 29-year-old Bala Yinusa and 26-year-old Nasiru Adamu were working as mechanics at the Ikeja Railway line. During the course of their jobs, they dispossessed one Balogun Folorunsho and another person of a Volkswagen car with number plate KSF 750 HS, a Toyota Matrix and a Tecno Spark 4 phone at gunpoint along Airport Road on the 15th of August, 2022.
The three members of the suspected robbery syndicate nabbed for stealing cars in Lagos
According to the police’s report, it was alleged that the victims in distress contacted the police Deputy Inspector General Johnson Kokumo, who is in charge of operations at the force headquarters in Abuja. The police DIG however ordered the special team led by Inspector Fidelis Omage to chase after the fleeing suspected robbery syndicate and retrieve the stolen vehicles from them. Fortunately, they were able to track those stolen vehicles to the Dopemu area of Agege where the suspected thieves were nabbed while trying to look for a buyer for the cars. Yinka, who claimed to be an ex-convict, said they used jack knives to steal the two cars along the road. He said Nasiru gave him ₦60,000 as part of his share with the promise to give him more which he failed to do before their arrest.
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The case was transferred to Lagos SWAT Command after the conclusion of the investigation in the FCT. The three suspects had been arraigned before the Lagos Magistrate Court on 2-count charges bordering on stealing and conspiracy. Yinka pleaded guilty to the charges levied against him and was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment without an option of a fine while the case of the other two members who pleaded not guilty was adjourned to the 15th of November. Yinusa and Adamu were granted bail of ₦500,000 with 2 sureties each in like sum.