Police nab robbery suspect with Army uniform, police baton

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By EVELYN USMAN

LAGOS — Policemen attached to Bariga Division, yesterday, stormed a robbery gang’s  hideout in Bariga area, arresting a suspected member of the gang, said to be operating in Army uniform.policeman1

Recovered from the hideout which doubles as one of the suspects’ apartments, according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide , were a pair of Army uniform, one locally made double barrel pistol with two live cartridges, a machete and  Police baton.

Braide explained that when the operatives stormed the hideout located on Oluwa Street, two persons suspected to be members of the gang fled, abandoning the owner of the apartment whom she identified simply as Ahmed.

The suspect, as gathered, had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Yaba,where investigation aimed at ascertaining how he came about the Army uniform and Police baton was on-going.

…Kill 8 alleged car snatchers during shoot-out

BY IFEANYI OKOLIE

LAGOS — Eight people said to be members of a robbery gang that specialises in snatching cars at gun point, were, yesterday, gunned-down during an exchange of gunfire between them  and operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja.

Vanguard gathered that the bandits, who operated in two groups, met their waterloo  while trying to smuggle  a Toyota Siena Space Bus and a Toyota Camry car which they snatched  at  Ejigbo and Ikotun areas of Lagos State into the Republic of Benin.

Sources told Vanguard that  the gold colour  Toyota Siena  with number plate LAGOS JJJ 623 AW, was snatched from its owner, one  Habeeb, at Ejigbo  while  the wine colour  Toyota Camry with number plate LAGOS  EPE 737 AT, was snatched from a yet-to-be identified owner at Ikotun, on September 9, 2012.

A  source who pleaded anonymity, said policemen across the state were alerted after  the cars were stolen, while men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and other police patrol teams chased  the bandits without success as  they drove the vehicles  to Ogun State.

Meanwhile SARS  operatives, led by the officer  in charge SP Abba Kyari, received an intelligence report that the  armed bandits had concluded  plans to  smuggle the cars to a waiting  buyer at Benin Republic at the dead of the night. They reacted  and swiftly accosted the bandits at Ifo and Sango Ota areas of   Ogun State respectively .

According to the source, the operatives opened fire on the bandits in a bid to stop them  from fleeing and the bandits armed with locally made pistols  shot at the police. The retaliation led to an fierce exchange of gunfire  between the police and the bandits, which saw the death of  eight members of   the two gangs.

“Six locally made pistols, 48 live and 11 expended Cartridges and the two stolen cars were recovered from the  bandits”   the source added.

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