The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested eight suspected traffic robbers in the Ketu area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said five of the suspects were arrested on Thursday, February 11, 2021, around 10.30pm by the Rapid Response Squad around the Motorways end of Ketu.
He added that the other three suspects were caught by another RRS patrol team around 6am the following day.
Adejobi identified the suspects as Olawuyi Olayinka, 27; Mayowa Adeleke, 17; Fa’izu Ado, 25; Segun Oluwatoyin, 27; Haruna Shuaibu, 29; Amos Abayomi, 24; Monday Obayemi, 25; and Okunlola Olawale, 21.
“One of the suspects, Amos Abayomi, who was arrested with a machete on Friday, February 12, 2021, in Ketu, disclosed that he used to rob in traffic with a syndicate, especially in the morning and at night.
“He further explained that there were instances where motor boys working in Ajelogo park, Ketu, would use their trucks to block the highway at dawn, thereby creating artificial traffic so that they could feast on motorists and commuters held in traffic.
“Abayomi, who had dispossessed a young lady of her Tecno Spak 4 phone, shortly before he was arrested, also disclosed that he handed over the phones he collected to one of his colleagues, Akube (now at large) before he was arrested,” the police spokesman said.
He said items recovered from the suspects were weapons, charms, mobile phones, wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine, among other hard drugs.