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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Police Apprehend 7 For Robbing Restaurant Owner.

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Seven suspected notorious armed robbers, who robbed a restaurant owner of his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and used same to withdraw his money have been apprehended by police detectives in Lagos.

The suspects, after dispossessing their victim of his ATM card and other valuables were said to have gone to a branch of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Alaba area of the state at the dead of night to withdraw money from his account on 7 October, 2018.

They were identified as Ayobami Adebayo (aka Label Money) ‘m’ Aged 21 years; Mufutau Ibrahim (aka Shakushaku) ‘m’ Aged 25 years;

Ogundiran Adeniyi (aka MM Papa) ‘m’ Aged 24 years; Emmanuel Chukwu (aka Makabelly) ‘m’ Aged 25 years and Dare Oyetola (aka Paper) ‘m’ Aged 32 years.

Our correspondent gathered that two out of the suspects, identified as Olalekan Ayoola and Sodiq Olalere, were arrested by police operatives attached to Ojo Police Station and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) following credible information at the scene while others fled.

When searched, according to the source, one Diamond and UBA Banks’ ATM cards and one Nokia Phone belonging to a victim were recovered from them.

It was further learnt that the suspects, when interrogated, confessed to being members of a group of armed robbers popularly called “Blue Water Boys” and that they have been terrorising residents of Ojo, Agric, Okokomaiko, Ajangbadi, Ijanikin, Iba and environs.

They were said to have further confessed to robbing the owner of the restaurant at Araromi Street, in Iba area of the state, where they dispossessed him of some ATM cards and phones.

According to a reliable source, one of the suspects, Olalekan Ayoola, claimed to be a specialist in hacking into bank accounts using victim’s ATM cards, SIM cards, Voter’s cards and Driver’s licenses.

The confessional statement of the duo, as gathered, led to the arrest of the other gang members from various locations with the recovery of their arms and ammunition.

It was also gathered that the commissioner of police, Lagos Command, Edgal Imohimi, confirmed the arrest of the seven suspected robbers who have been terrorising Lagos and its environs. He disclosed that four cut to size single barrel locally made guns, 13 unexpended live cartridges and one expended cartridge were recovered from the suspects.

Other exhibits recovered from them, according to Edgal, include one Diamond Bank ATM Card, one UBA Bank ATM Card, one Black Nokia Touch Light Phone, a Samsung Galaxy Phone, one Infinix Hot 4 Phone, two Laptops, one iPhone 7 plus Phone and one Asus Laptop Computer.

His words, “On 07/10/2018, at about 0030 hours (30 minutes past midnight), information was received from a credible source that some armed men were sighted making unauthorised withdrawal at Stanbic Bank, Alaba Branch, using the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), that the armed men were suspected to be robbers who may have stolen ATM cards from unsuspecting members of the public.

Based on the information, operatives from Ojo Police Station and FSARS, Ikeja swiftly mobilised to the scene where they arrested two of the robbers while others escaped. They were immediately searched and in the process, one Diamond and UBA Banks’ ATM cards and one Nokia Phone belonging to a victim were recovered and the suspects gave their names as Olalekan Ayoola and Sodiq Olalere.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they belong to a group of armed robbers popularly called “Blue Water Boys” and that they have been terrorising residents of Ojo, Agric, Okokomaiko, Ajangbadi, Ijanaiji, Iba and environs.

They further confessed to have robbed the owner of a restaurant at Araromi Street, Iba and in the process dispossessed the victim of some ATM cards and phones. One of the suspects, Olalekan Ayoola, claimed to be a specialist in hacking into bank accounts using victims ATM cards, SIM cards, Voters’ cards and Driver’s licenses.

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