Two traffic robbery suspects arrested, phones recovered

Two traffic robbery suspects arrested, phones recovered
Suspected traffic robbers

Two robbery suspects who specialise in attacking motorists held in traffic and collecting their belongings in some parts of Lagos were on Monday night arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad, RRS.

The suspects, 24 years old Tunde Olaiya, 24 years old and 26 years old Tokunbo Omotola, were arrested in separate encounters in Lagos.

According to spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, who made the arrests known, one stolen iphone X was recovered from Olaiya.

Olaiya, an ex-convict, had at about 8:00 p.m. in Ojodu–Berger, Ikeja, in company of one Bolaji Nigga strangulated a motorist stopped by traffic light, and stole his iphone X.

The duo, while returning to Oshodi to hand over the phone to their buyer were intercepted by Rapid Response Squad, RRS, bikers, who suspected them to be traffic robbers.

On search, one pass-worded iphone X was recovered from him.

His colleague, however, escaped from the scene.

Olaiya could not explain where he got the phone.

That prompted the officers to transfer him to RRS headquarters, where he confessed to have collected the phone from a motorist in traffic.

Other items recovered from the suspect include powdery substance used in traffic robbery to break glasses of vehicles.

The victim, whose phone was retrieved from Olaiya described his experience in the hands of the criminal as traumatic.

He thanked the Police for helping him retrieve the phone and SIM card.

Tokunbo Omotola, who is equally an ex-convict was also arrested at Oshodi for traffic robbery.

He confessed in his statement to the police that apart from robbery at night, he was into pickpocketing during the day, adding that his robbery points were 7Up, Ojodu Berger; Kara Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 12 and Ojota Bridge.

Both suspects confessed that once the phones were collected, they would remove the SIMs, sell them and sell the phones separately.

He added that he had been in the business since 2017.