By Alex Olise
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three members of a gang of one-chance robbers on the Third Mainland Bridge, while another jumped into the Lagoon with the gang’s loot.
The suspected robbers, John Akinyemi, 27; Paul Oliseh, 37 and Amos Williams, 12, were arrested on Monday afternoon on the Third Mainland bridge after a chase by the Rapid Response Squad patrol team monitoring Iyana-Oworo.
The policemen, after being informed that the one-chance robbers were operating around the area, chased the bus, a Volkwagen Transporter with the registration number AKD 562 XP, to the bridge.
The robbers, after being double crossed by the officers on the bridge, abandoned their vehicle and were fleeing on foot when they were arrested.
One of the robbers, who was later identified as Junior, 19, was reportedly hit by speeding vehicles twice on the bridge before jumping into the Lagoon.
According to the leader of the gang, John Akinyemi, “there were four of us. I was in charge of calling the team to work. It was our first trip for the day. We took four passengers at Estate Bus Stop in Alapere. They were going to Oshodi. We dispossessed them and dropped them off before Iyana-Oworo one after the other.
‘’We took their phones and money. We have been doing this for more than three months. We sell the mobile phones and jewelry, and we share the money”.
One of the victims, Semiu Oluwaseun, who alerted the RRS officers immediately he was thrown out of the moving bus, said the gang collected his phone and the sum of N500,000.
Another victim, Jamiu Ojuroye, who was robbed on Sunday, identified John Akinyemi as the driver of the bus he was robbed in. He noted that he was robbed on Sunday night and that the team collected N150,000 from him before throwing him out of the speeding bus.
Ojuroye added that after struggling with the robbers, they poured a peppery substance on his face, took his money and threw him off around 8 p.m.
The robbers were paraded today by the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, at the Command Headquarters.