Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of Lagos State Police Command said it arrested seven robbers believed to have been terrorising College Road, Fagba, and Abattoir areas of Agege in the state.
The robbers were arrested on Valentine’s day at about 9:00 p.m at College Road, Ifako – Ijaiye area of Lagos, after the gang had robbed more than five passers-by of their valuables with knives and other harmful objects.
The suspects are Lekan Akinyemi (23), Chimeze Ofulie( 18), Babangida Abdullahi (22), Abubakar Umaru (30), Samuel Oyinloye (24), Timileyin Oladipupo (27) and Habeeb Olayinka.
All the suspects said they came from different parts of the country but reside in Abattoir, Agege, Lagos.
The suspects had on Thursday, robbed Agafe Augustine after he alighted from a taxi at College Road, Ifako Ijaiye.
Amongst the items collected from him by the gang were; an android phone, N14,000 and a handbag.
According to Agafe, “I allowed them to rob me because they were many and were holding dangerous objects but I trailed them to an open place before raising alarm. This drew the attention of some RRS officers on patrol in the area and they arrested some of them”.
He added “ they equally robbed some other victims amongst whom were a lady in the company of her boyfriend. They dispossessed them of their phones and stabbed her boyfriend who refused to let go of his mobile phone after parting with his wallet”.
In his confessional statement to the crime, one of the suspects said they specialise in robbing passers-by at night collecting their mobile phones, bags, jewellery and wallets.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mu’azu Zubairu, who ordered the arrest of all the gang members, added that they will be transferred to SARS for a thorough investigation.
He added that the gang will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.