The suspect and seven other members of the gang were last Thursday arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), after two women reported that they were robbed by the gang, the previous night.
One of the suspects, Dapo Simeon, a trained bricklayer from Oyo State told the police that he started with pick pocketing more than three years ago before graduating into robbery and pointed out that he specialised in stealing phones, jewellery and money.
“I can’t remember the number of phones I have stolen and collected from passers-by in Ojota, Ketu and Mile 12. I was trained by Olasege and later Femi. Both of them are my bosses and they live in Mushin, Idi-Oro area. They taught me the job.”
Dapo and his colleagues were picked up on Thursday morning after two young women, who were robbed by the gang the previous night at MKO Gardens near Ojota, reported to RRS monitors attached to Ojota, the following day. The operatives followed the women to the scene of the robbery where they met two men, John Obinna and Sunday Ugwu. The officers, after interviewing and searching the duo, they saw suspected stolen phones and an unused SIM card, which was traced to its original owner, Mr Adebayo Ogunleye.
Mr Ogunleye in his statement at the RRS Headquarters, Alausa noted that he was waylaid by an assailant between Ojota and Mile 12. He stated that the robber in trying to collect his two phones, matcheted and head-butted him into surrendering his phones-Microsoft Lumia 535 and Tecno T5, and wallet containing BVN Card, First Bank verve card and MasterCard among others.
The arrest of Obinna and Ugwu by the operatives prompted the arrest of six other suspects, namely, Dapo Simeon, Chinonso Onnogo, Chuka Eze, Kadir Afolabi, Segun Pascal and David Bassey.
They all confessed to have been robbing people at night in Ojota, Ketu and Mile 12.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest of the suspects to Lagos Metro. She stated that the arrested suspects had made useful statements that would help the police in arresting other members of the gang.