Northern City News learnt that the suspect, Lawal Musa, 23, was trailed and apprehended by police operatives after breaking into the room of one Ahmed Ibrahim, who lived behind NNPC Mega Station in the area. He was said to have carted away one plasma television set, bitcoin robbery suspect laptop and two GSM handsets.
It was learnt that during investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and provided useful information that led to the arrest of his accomplices whose names were given as Audu Duku, 22, Ali Mohammed, 17, Mubarak Isyaku, 18 and Sirajo Mohammed, 21. Northern City News gathered that Duku, admitted to have sold the TV and laptop to Sirajo Mohammed for N20,000 and N25,000 respectively. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Abigail Unaeze, confirmed the arrest to our correspondent on Tuesday in Minna. Unaeze said the suspect was arrested by a team of policemen on patrol, which acted on a tip-off that led to the arrest of Duku’s accomplices. Unaeze however stated that investigation was going on, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court soon. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Highway robberies may have taken a turn for the worse after a police sergeant, Williams Godwin, was allegedly involved in the robbery of a commuter identified only as Henry.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the 41-year-old victim was on his way to work when he joined a cab along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway en route to Lagos Island. He was said to have been attacked at gunpoint, as the assailants, which included Godwin, allegedly dispossessed him of his ATM card and N4,000. However, during the incident, the policeman’s ID card allegedly fell into the luggage of the victim, who was rushed to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre at Toll gate, Ojota, where he was admitted and treated. One of those who rescued Henry told PUNCH Metro that he was stabbed with a sharp object in the back.
Our correspondent, who visited the centre, confirmed that Henry was indeed admitted to the facility. A worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said incidents of car robberies, aka One Chance, had become regular in the area. She said passersby and sympathisers, who sighted victims of such attacks, sometime called the emergency toll-free lines through which the centre got notifications. Yes, the man was brought here. He said he boarded a private car, which he thought was a cab. He was seriously injured and we had to treat him. He had the ID card of the policeman that he claimed was among those that attacked him.
Our correspondent gathered that Henry took away the original ID card of the policeman. PUNCH Metro visited Henry’s residence in the Ogba, Agege area to speak with him on his encounter with the bandits. The house gate was locked, but a resident later showed up. The resident, who confirmed the attack, said Henry had decided not to talk about it.
Another neighbour, Ben, declined to release Henry’s telephone number, saying he had put the robbery behind him. Toll gate ends of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Some of the victims, our correspondent learnt, were admitted to the Accident and Emergency Centre. In the course of investigating Henry’s attack at the centre, our correspondent sighted a victim who worked with a popular club on Lagos Island. The man, who identified himself only as Dotun, said he was attacked by a nine-man gang.
I was going to my place of work at Obalende when I entered a Vanagon bus at the Berger end of the expressway around 6am on October 25. We were about nine on the bus, including a man who wore a tie. All of them were hefty men and wore regular clothes. When we got to Secretariat bus stop, they held me by the neck and I thought they wanted to kill me. I started to struggle with them as they punched and hit me from different sides. They took all the money in my bag and collected my ATM card. I wouldn’t know if they had a POS machine.