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One chance robber jumps into Lagos lagoon to evade arrest

Valentine Chinyem

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A suspected one-chance gang member jumped over from the Third Mainland Bridge into the lagoon, to evade arrest by officers of the Nigerian Police.

The suspect whose name was given as Junior Monday, and his gang members had robbed their passengers, who unknowingly boarded their bus in Ketu/Alepere enroute Oshodi.

However, on getting to Oshodi, the bus was said to have sped off towards Iyana Oworo, continuing on to the long bridge, the robbers resulted to pushing each passengers out of the speeding vehicle, one after another.

Their luck ran out, after another motorist, who rescued one of the victims, Semiu Oluwaseun, after he was pushed out of the bus, gave them a hot chase. The motorists sighted operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on the long bridge, slowed down and reported what he had witnessed.

“The victim reported what happened to the RRS men and they chased the bus, double-crossed it. But before they got to the bus, it seems the suspects noticed they were being followed.

“Junior jumped off the vehicle. He was hit twice by oncoming vehicles and he jumped into the lagoon straight away. The other three were arrested,” said a source.

It was gathered that the group comprising Junior, one Amos Williams, 21, Paul Olise, 37 and John Akinyemi driving in a Vanagon Bus with registration number AKD562XP, robbed Semiu of his N500,000 and mobile phones.

Corroborating the account, the gang leader, Akinyemi said: “We were four. I was in charge of calling the team to work. It was our first trip for the day. We took four passengers in 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. Junior was carrying all the money and items we obtained that day. I do not know if he was confused because of the vehicles that knocked him as he was running. He jumped into the water.”

Another victim, Jamiu Ojuroye, who narrated hia ordeal, identified John Akinyemi as the driver of the bus he was robbed in on Sunday, adding that N150,000 was taken from him.

He said after struggling with the robbers, they sprayed a peppery substance on his face, took his money before pushing him out of the bua around 8pm, said the police.

Parading the suspects on Wednesday, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said: “A police patrol team stationed on the Third Mainland Bridge attached to RRS of the command on Pin-Down duty, received information that robbers were robbing passengers along the Third Mainland Bridge.

“Based on the information, the team led by Inspector Emmanuel Isagua swung into action and arrested the suspects. The suspects have since been identified by one of their victims. The case will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

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