Two traffic robbery suspects arrested and stolen phones recovered by police

Operatives of Rapid Response Squad have arrested two robbery suspects who attacked motorists held in Lagos traffic to steal their belongings on Monday night, July 6 along Oshodi-Oke, Lagos.

The suspects identified as 24-year-old Tunde Olaiya and 26-year-old Tokunbo  Omotola were arrested in separate encounters in Oshodi – Oke.

According to the police, one stolen  iphone X was recovered from Olaiya.

This was contained in a statement released by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana.

The PPRO said that Olaiya, an ex – convict, had around 8:00 p.m. in Ojodu – Berger, Ikeja, in company of one Bolaji Nigga strangulated a motorist held in traffic light and stole his iphone X.

“The duo while returning to Oshodi to hand – over the phone to their buyer were intercepted by Rapid Response Squad (RRS) bikers, who suspected them to be traffic robbers.

“On search, one pass-worded iphone X was recovered from his pocket. While his colleague escaped from the scene, Olaiya couldn’t explain where he got the phone. This prompted the officers to transfer him to RRS Headquarters, where he confessed to have collected the phone from a motorist in traffic.

“Other items recovered from the suspect include powdery substance used in traffic robbery to break glasses of vehicles.”

Speaking on the development, the victim whose phone was retrieved from Olaiya described his experience in the hands of the criminals as traumatic.

He thanked the Police for helping him retrieve the phone and SIM card.

Another ex-convict identified as Tokunbo Omotola was also arrested in Oshodi for traffic robbery.

He confessed in his statement to the police that apart from robbery at night, he engages in pickpocket during the day.

He added that his robbery points were 7Up, Ojodu Berger; Kara Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 12 and Ojota Bridge.

Tokunbo Omotola added that he has been in the business since 2017.

Both suspects confessed that once the phones are collected, they remove the SIMs and sell them at N2000 each and sell the phones separately.

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has reaffirmed his commitment towards ridding the State off criminal elements. The suspects will be charged to Court, the statement said.

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