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Police apprehends 2 ex-convicts for robbery in Lagos

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspected robbers who specialise in attacking and robbing motorists and commuters in Mile 2 area of Lagos State.

The suspects, Sunday Chukwunweike and Emmanuel Friday were arrested around midnight on Mile 2 Bridge alongside two other accomplices identified as Silas and Sule – still at large – after robbing a truck driver, Yinusa Salami, whose truck broke down along the area.

The suspects robbed the driver of his mobile phone and the sum of N45,000 the Police source said.

In his confession, one of the suspects, Emmanuel, a secondary school dropout who later became a bus conductor in the area said, “I was in the company of my friends when we saw the driver. He was coming from Apapa. He stopped on the bridge to pick somebody. It was the elderly ones among us that robbed him. I thought they were going to drop some money for us to eat when approached him.”

Emmanuel added, “I have been to the prison twice; one in 2013 where I spent 7 months and also in 2016 where I bagged 3 months after engaging in street fighting.”

On his part, Chukwunweike, an ex-convict confessed to the crime but blamed his wrong doing to the hard life which he had expose himself to on the street. “I came back from prison after spending 3 months but here I am again in another mess”.

The truck driver, Yinusa Salami, stated that he stopped at the bridge to pick up his brother who was waiting for him there. “I was coming from Apapa and heading to Osun. I wanted to assist my brother who was equally going to Osun State. I got to the bridge and I alighted from the truck, that was when I saw four of them.

“They dragged me to the ground and forcefully collected all the money in my pocket totalling N45,000 claiming they control the area and nothing can happen afterwards.”

The Police source however disclosed that the suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations and prosecution.

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