By Uju Mbanusi
LAGOS — The Lagos State Police Command, Tuesday, said it had begun an onslaught against car snatchers in the state, declaring that five suspected members of separate car syndicates have been arrested in two days.
One of the suspects identified simply as Olatunde, was reportedly at the verge of being lynched by an angry mob along Ijebu-Ode road, Ikorodu, after a failed attempt to snatch a vehicle.
Olatunde, who had earlier been arrested over similar offence, attempted to snatch a white colour Mazda bus with number plate EJ 917 SMK, from where it was parked at a fuel station.
Luck ran against him after its owner raised an alarm, following which an angry mob descended on him and inflicted machete cuts all over his body. But for the arrival of policemen from Shagamu Road Division, Olatunde would have been set ablaze by the mob.
Confirming the arrest, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide said four other robbery suspects who specialised in snatching vehicles from where they were parked , were also arrested.
She explained that one of the arrests was made at about 1.30pm yesterday, by policemen from Shagamu road. “ Acting on tip off, the policemen stormed Odogunyan, in Ikorodu and arrested three armed robbers namely Adekeye Muyideen , Adetokunbo Adebanjo and Sunday Olise, recovering two locally made revolver pistols , one locally made cut to size double barrel pistol, one Toyota Sienna space wagon with plate number GH58 KJA , suspected to have been stolen and the sum of N90,500.
“Same day, policemen attached to Maroko division chased four men in a Ford Mondero saloon car with plate number MN 626 AAA along Jazz 38 road, lekki. At the end, one Nura Abubakar of no fixed address was arrested while others escaped. A metal object cast in form of a pistol, was recovered from the vehicle”, Braide said, adding that all cases had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for further investigation.