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Confusion as robbery suspect escapes from Police custody

By Evelyn Usman, Albert Akpor, Ifeanyi Okolie & Sunday Akano
THE Bariga Divisional Headquarters in Shomolu/Bariga Local Government Area of Lagos State is currently in disarray following the escape of an alleged armed robber, Hakeem Aliu, from one of its cells.

Aliu was reportedly arrested by detectives at the Igbo-Igunu roundabout on June 12, 2010 at about 9.30 p.m after allegedly attempting to rob one Wasiu Yaya of his valuables. The suspect, who police sources said, was already being trailed by detectives, had allegedly stabbed the victim several times on the chest after a failed attempt to rob him.

According to sources, the suspect pleaded with some policemen on duty on Sunday night that he be allowed to take his bath under close supervision. His request was expressly obliged after it was discovered that he was related to a Lagos monarch.

However, Vanguard was told that the situation took a twist after the suspect allegedly pushed aside the policemen and took to his heels to the astonishment of the officers. Report said he was promptly given a hot chase but could not be apprehended.

Syndicate smashed

In a related development, detectives from the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, have smashed a syndicate that specialised in the production and sale of fake Philips products, particularly pressing irons. They arrested 10 suspected members of the syndicate and recovered many suspected fake products.

The arrests were made at the popular Alaba International Market along the Lagos/Badagry expressway and Idumota market on Monday.

The raid, led by a special team from the department, was in compliance to a Lagos Federal High Court order, following an application by Philips International’s lawyers on behalf of the Netherlands-based company.

Fake soldier arrested

Meanwhile, a 31-year-old man, clad in full military kit, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to snatch a vehicle from a motorist in Ikeja area of Lagos on Monday night.

The suspect, Ipalebo Bob-Manuel, popular known as Jack, was said to have been at the verge of snatching the vehicle in the company of about four other persons also clad in military attire, when he was arrested by policemen attached to the Ikeja Division.

Ipalebo, said to have insisted on being a serving Corporal with the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ikeja, was reportedly taken there by men from the division, only to discover he is fake.

EFCC docks bizman

Two years after he allegedly defrauded a Dutch, identified as Rudolf Fleumer of $96,875 under false pretences, a middle aged businessman, Aruna Adesina has been dragged before a Lagos High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He was accused of defrauding the Dutch alongside his company, Heavy Metals Trading B.V. Rutherdam, Holland, which entrusted him to purchase stainless steel scrap, magnesium scrap and lead scrap for the Dutch company.

The presiding Judge, Justice S.A. Onigbanjo ordered the man to be remanded at the Ikoyi prisons pending the hearing of his bail application and adjourned the case to July 12 for trial.


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