By Esther Onyegbula
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested four suspects for extorting motorists in the State while posing as officials of the disbanded Lagos State Committee on the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC).
The arrested suspects are Taiwo Falodun, aka Biggy (48), Adedire Olaniyi (42), Femi Osunkoya (53) and Olalekan Edu (51).
Two of the suspects, Adedire and Osunkoya, were apprehended on Thursday after impounding the vehicle of a motorist for changing lanes at Alausa.
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The motorist stated that the suspects took her vehicle to a park in front of Elephant Cement House, where she was asked to pay N50,000 as a fine. She, however, reached out to friends who contacted the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
The RRS arrived at the scene promptly, arrested the suspects and commenced preliminary investigations. While the investigation was ongoing, their leader, Taiwo Falodun, came along with a government official, identified as Olalekan Edu to solicit the release of the arrested suspects. They were both arrested too.
Confirming the arrest, police public relations officer, Lagos State Command, Benjamin Hundeyin said RRS fingerprint records showed that Taiwo Falodun and Adedire Olaniyi were once arrested in 2020 for extorting a university professor while posing as local government officials on LASU-Igando Road.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, has directed the Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi to charge the suspects to court after investigations.