Police arrest ex-convict over armed robbery

March 15, 2021
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LAGOS – Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Taiwo Sunmonu, an ex-convict for an al­leged armed robbery after he was released from the Kirikiri Correction­al Centre in November 2020, having served a five-year jail term.

Sunmonu, 23, was arrested on March 13, 2021, at Ijannikin 11.30 p.m. following a repor at the Police Division.

SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement said, the suspect was arrested by the police operatives attached to Ijaninkin Division, while responding to a distress call, as the suspect and his gang members were robbing unsuspect­ing Lagosians at Ajayi Street, Oto Awori, Ijannikin in Lagos State. But other members of the gang escaped.

“The suspect has confessed to the crime and other crimes he had partic­ipated in. After the arrest, one local­ly-made pistol and live ammunition were recovered from him.

In another development, the com­mand added that a brave victim of armed robbery attack, George Ban­kole, m, of Fadal Cooperative Estate, Ikorodu, struggled with some armed robbers that robbed him in the area on March 12, 2021, at 8 p.m. and recov­ered a locally-made pistol with live cartridges from them.

The victim informed the police that the armed men dispossessed him of his mobile phones and bags before they eventually escaped.

He summoned the courage to pro­ceed to Ikorodu Division, Igbogbo, to report the incident and hand over the arms for further investigation. The Police operatives have however embarked on discreet investigation into the matter.

The Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be trans­ferred to the State Criminal Investiga­tion Department, Panti, Yaba for fur­ther investigation and prosecution.

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