By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS—A suspected member of a notorious armed robbery gang that had been terrorising residents of Igando, a Lagos suburb, was yesterday arrested while attempting to rape one of his female victims during an operation.
The suspect, Akeem Folorunsho, and some members of his gang, as gathered, stormed 6, Ismail Abass Street at about 5a.m. and gained entrance into one of the apartments.
The cutlass-wielding men, according to a tenant , ordered a lady in the room to lie down in a bid to rape her.
However, her father was said to have put up an act of bravery by engaging the armed men in a brawl, in the process policemen were contacted.
A resident, who gave his name simply as Chima, said: “When the alarm was raised from the apartment that was being attacked, some people summoned courage and went into the apartment, where the father of the house (names withheld) was engaged in a fight with the robbers.
“One of the robbers was apprehended, while the other fled on noticing that residents were aware of their presence.”
The apprehended suspect, it was gathered, would have been lynched by the mob, but for the timely intervention of policemen.
Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the incident, said: “It took reinforcement for police to rescue the robbery suspect, one Akeem Folorunso.
“He was taken for treatment and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, has directed that he should be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, while effort is on to track his accomplices.”