- Lagos state police command has arrested a fake soldier, two dismissed lance corporals and two other men
- The suspects were arrested for hijacking a vegetable oil laden truck in Epe, Lagos state
A fake soldier, two dismissed lance corporals and two others were arrested and paraded on Wednesday, September 5, by the Lagos state police command for hijacking a truck laden with vegetable oil on Epe road.
The police commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, gave the names and identities of the suspects as: Akintola Abiodun of the Nigerian Air Force (13NAF/89/8811), Moses Johnson of the army (13NA/69/8811), Monday Ayele, 42, Esowanne Emeka, 30, and the fake soldier Osegbu Chidi, 30
Edgal said the suspects were notorious highway armed robbers, who specialised in intercepting, diverting lorries in that axis. He said the suspects were arrested on Sunday night after they hijacked a Sterling truck with registration number LSR266XW carrying vegetable oil worth N13,250,000 million.
He said: “They stopped the Kano state bound truck close to Ijebu Ode and pushed the conductor and the driver out of the vehicle. However, as the duo were trekking towards Epe, Lagos, they came across a policeman and narrated their ordeal to him.
“The policeman immediately contacted some of the police stations along the route taken by the robbers. At about 10:30pm, policemen on stop and search duty, saw the truck coming and intercepted it. In the process, Ayele and Emeka were arrested.
“During interrogation, they mentioned the others as part of those who hijacked the truck. The truck and the goods were recovered intact and all the suspects have been identified by the victims. Suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.”
The two dismissed personnel who were dismissed for allegedly aiding Boko Haram denied involvement in the hijack. The two claimed they were hired as escort for the truck and had no idea it was stolen.
The driver of the hijacked truck, Rabiu Kazeem, while narrating his ordeal said: “I saw a hilux with amber light. It flagged me down and I saw some men with soldiers uniform. I stopped and they told me to get down. I asked them what I have done but they brought out their gun.
“My conductor jumped into the bush. Since I was alone, I could not do much. I stepped down but I didn’t go far. I sat on an iron underneath the vehicle and clung to its arm rest because I wanted to know where they were taking the truck to.
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“But one of them who was on a bike saw me. I did not know he was their member. He told me to come down that he will help me pursue them, that it was dangerous for me to stay in that position.
“I listened to him but instead of pursuing the truck, he became slow and so, I raised alarm. People in the community came out and I explained what happened, begged them to hold that man while I entered another vehicle to look for them."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that six suspected members of a deadly armed robbery gang terrorising Imo state were arrested by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).
The suspects were arrested with two locally-made pistols, two locally-made revolver pistols with three live unexpended cartridges, one ammunition and a bag of weed suspected to be India hemp.
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