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Policemen attached to Ilasamaja division have arrested two
suspected members of a robbery syndicate that specialised in
attacking customers who had gone to withdraw money from
banks at Sadiku/ Ilasamaja, along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway,
The syndicate which usually operated on motorcycle, positioned
themselves along the service lane, awaiting their victims. Some
unsuspecting customers have lost their lives, following gun shots
wounds sustained during the attack while others managed to
survive. One of the victims who narrowly escaped death , is a
Vanguard staff who was shot in the hand and thigh, as he stepped
out of the bank, sometime last year.
Following several complaints of attacks, the Lagos State Police
Command boss, Mr Edgal Imohimi, directed a 24 hours surveillance
around the banks and others along the expressway.
Vanguard gathered that immediately a male customer who had
gone to withdraw N350,000 stepped out of one of the banks at
about 2pm , Friday, the suspects: Boniface Ewerem(46) and
Joseph,(42) ordered him to bring the withdrawn amount, pointing
a gun at him.
One of them according to eye witnesses fired a shot into the air
as he snatched the money from the customer and zoomed off in
their operational motorbike.
Luck however, ran against them as policemen from Ilasamaja
chased and caught up with them. Angry members of the
community requested that the suspects be handed over to them
with an apparent intent to carry out jungle justice on them.
Explaining how they were arrested, one of the residents, Ayiola
Ganiu, said ” The attacked customer raised the alarm which
alerted us. Everyone chased after them. They abandoned their
motorbike and ran across the express, inward Soaps, unknown to
them that there was a police station not that side. Policemen at
Ilasamaja division, led by their DPO, joined in the chase until they
were caught.
“If the Police had not intervened, the robbers would have been
lynched because they have sent many lives to unprepared graves.
We wanted to use them to serve as deterrent to their colleagues.
Unfortunately for us, the Police were present.
The suspects during interrogation, revealed that they came from
Iba area of the state to operate.
One of them, Joseph, said they intended to use their loot to
celebrate Christmas with their families.
He said: ” This is my first time. I wanted to use the money I
would have collected, to celebrate Christmas. We never had any
intention to kill our victims”
The suspects as gathered, were immediately transferred to the
Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, as crowd throng the station.
One brownie pistol and two life ammunition as gathered, we’re
recovered from them, including the stolen money which has been
returned to the owner.

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