Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Economic Situation Affects One-Chance Business Too - Suspect

One of the six suspects, of three different 'One-Chance' gangs, arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday has disclosed that the prevailing economic situation in the country has greatly affected one chance robbery operations.

The suspect, Adeleke Rasaq, 24, was arrested along with his gang member, Lucky John, 22, in Abule Egba, Agbado-Oke Local Council Development Area.

Adeleke, who resigned as a factory worker to join one-chance robbery gang, stated “we don’t make much money like before. The present economic condition in the country has greatly affected one-chance business. We have not been able to make much money, everywhere is dry." 

The suspect added that "Frankly, we have not made much money since Monday. We have been sharing N20,000, N30,000 and N40,000. Unlike before, when I operate alone, I could make close to N150,000 daily. Now, business is so difficult."

He continued that, "I teamed up with Lucky because pickpocketing is not easy in Lagos these days. When you toil alone, you might not make much. It has not been easy working independently lately. So, we have to team up to make more money to survive... Both of us live in Badagry. Everyday, we come to Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba, Egbeda to operate. As soon as we made enough money, we would retire for the day."

Explaining how he joined the robbery syndicate, he revealed, “I resigned from the company I worked for when I noticed that a lot of my friends in Ajegunle, who were doing this kind of hustling were living better than a lot of Chief Executives. Every guy does this in Ajegunle. We don’t see it as a crime, it is called hustling."

The suspect also stated that, "I started following them out. It was in the process that I mastered the act. It has been up to six years that I have been in this trade.”

Members of the second gang, comprising Ubuke Michael, 26 and Obinna Okoro, 24, were arrested in Gbagada after their operational bus with the registration number "FST 890 XM" had picked up two passengers who were going to Alaba International Market and Ladipo Spare Part Market to buy goods.

Ubuke, the leader of the gang, had invited a bus driver and a conductor to join his group in one-chance operation. Ubuke insisted “I invited a friend of mine who has a commercial bus. He and his conductor are familiar with the operation. I have so many commercial buses that I can call for operation. I call them to join me at a particular location." 

Ubuke also stated that, "The driver and conductor do their normal work while we collect belongings of the passengers, drop them off and pass them to the driver to hold on. The two passengers in the bus were our victims. One of them came out of bank before boarding our bus, while another has bulky pockets. We were about to collect their belongings when we were arrested. We don’t normally carry more than two passengers during operations. Whatever we make we share with the driver and the conductor; but our share is normally more than theirs. It is so unfortunate the driver and conductor of our operational danfo bus escaped.”

One of their victims, Boniface Anusionwu, whose phone was found with the gang stated: “I just came out of a bank where I went to withdraw some money for trading and for my rent. I never knew they were robbers.”

The last gang members , Steven Raphael, 25 and Samali Onafuwa, 27 were arrested in Fagba and Station Bus Stop, Ishaga.

Confirming the incident, the Police PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said that there would be no hiding place for criminals in Lagos State, adding that the suspects would be charge to court when investigations are completed. Sadly, all the suspects have roots in Ajegunle.

The six suspects had been transferred to SCID for further investigation.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Four (4) RRS Men Escape Death

Four RRS operatives of the Lagos State Police Command early this morning sustained serious injuries while on operation when an over-speeding KIA RIO belonging to a hired car operator rammed into their vehicle near Ogudu Bus Stop.
The RRS men were on duty point patrolling along Ogudu-Alapere axis, inspecting the Light Up Lagos Project facilities, when the accident occurred at about 12:06 am on Sunday.

According to the information gathered at the scene of accident, RRS men were driving when a KIA Rio with lone occupant on a high speed rammed into them from behind.

An eyewitness who was at the scene of the incident and later conveyed the injured to Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for treatment. “The RRS vehicle was going slowly on the road because they were monitoring the Light Up Lagos Project facilities when the KIA Rio on top speed from Lagos Island towards Alapere rammed into the RRS Ford car with registration number RRS 068 LA, thereby bundling it and the officers into a nearby ditch. Four officers of the RRS were seriously injured including the driver of the car in the accident.

As at the time of writing this report, three of the RRS operatives have been discharged from the hospital, while one along with the driver of the speeding vehicle is expected to be discharge later in the day.

Further investigation into the identity of the KIA Rio driver revealed that he just started the car hire services on Friday after leaving the services of a truck driving firm.

It would be recalled that vandals have been ceaselessly tampering with Light Up Lagos cables before the commissioning of the project in April. One Lucky Udeagwu was arrested with a 35 meter long cable meant for the project in Ogudu.

In May, RRS operatives again arrested another suspect, Obaji Christopher, for cutting the project cable at the Ogudu axis. These informed the constant monitoring of the area by the operatives, particularly at night.