Two suspected robbers who specialize in robbing people who just made withdrawals from the banks at Sadiku/ Ilasamaja, along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos, have been arrested by the police.
The robbers who operate majorly on tricycles wait for their victims along the service lane
The Lagos State Police Command boss, Mr Edgal Imohimi, after several complaints, directed 24 hours surveillance around the banks and others along the expressway.
NaijaNews understands that immediately one customer, who had just withdrawn N350,000 stepped outside the bank, the robbers approached him and ordered him to release the money to them while pointing a gun at him.
According to a eye witness account, one of the robbers shot the gun in the air, as the other snatched that money from the customer and ran away in their motorbike.
One of them according to eye witnesses fired a shot into the air as he snatched the money from the customer and zoomed off in their operational motorbike.
Luck, however, ran against them as policemen from Ilasamaja chased and caught up with them. Angry members of the community requested that the suspects be handed over to them with an apparent intent to carry out jungle justice on them.
Explaining how they were arrested, one of the residents, Ayiola Ganiu, said “The attacked customer raised the alarm which alerted us. Everyone chased them. They abandoned their motorbike and ran across the express, inward Soaps, unknown to them that there was a police station on that side. Policemen at Ilasamaja division, led by their DPO, joined in the chase until they were caught.
“If the Police had not intervened, the robbers would have been lynched because they have sent many lives to premature deaths. We wanted them to serve as deterrents to their colleagues. Unfortunately for us, the Police were present.
The suspects during interrogation revealed that they came from Iba area of the state to operate.
One of the suspects, Joseph, said they intended to use their loot to celebrate Christmas with their families.
He said: “This is my first time. I wanted to use the money I would have stolen to celebrate Christmas. We never had any intention to kill our victims”
The suspects, as gathered, were immediately transferred to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, as a crowd thronged the station.
One brownie pistol and two life ammunition, as gathered, were recovered from them, including the stolen money which has been returned to the owner.