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Police arrests Lagos robbery suspects

20 September 2012, 16:07

Lagos - The Lagos State Police Command, Tuesday, paraded two suspects who allegedly participated in the recent deadly robbery incidents that occurred in Lagos, on September 9.

The robbery incidents left at least, six persons dead, including three police officers.

Ngozi Braide, State police spokesperson, while parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Ikeja, said officers attached to the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, were responsible for the arrests.

The operation was said to have been led by the officer in charge of SARS, Superintendent of Police, Abba Kyari, who arrested one Rasheed Suleimon at Dopemu area of the state, after acting on a tip-off.

Suleimon later led SARS detectives to arrest the second suspect, Kazeem Enifolabi at Oshodi.

Both suspects confessed to know the members of the gang of armed robbers that participated in Lagos on the September 9, 2012, already tagged 'Black Sunday' by some residents.

The police spokesperson disclosed that the police also recovered ammunition from the suspects.

Braide also debunked claims that the state police did not do enough to apprehend the armed robbers.

"We are on the trail of the other suspects and contrary to belief that policemen did not chase the robbers that day, the police chased them and that was why some of our officers were killed," she said.

"We allowed the robbers to escape to avoid civilian casualties. The robbers were shooting sporadically so we did not want innocent lives to be lost in the ensuing gun battle. But officers are working hard and the fleeing suspects will be arrested soon."

The suspects however, denied participating in the robbery.

Suleimon said, "After the robbery Kazeem came to me and was bragging that they went to operation and they even killed policemen. I did not go with them that day but I am a phone thief. They gave me N3000 to keep my mouth shut. That's all I know."

Braide added that Suleimon "took SARS operatives to Wahabi Street, Akerele, Agege, where the gang members' vehicle was recovered with two AK47 rifles and four magazines hidden inside."



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