The Lagos state Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrested three ex–convicts identified as Adekunle Mustapha, 21, Popoola Olumide, 20 and Femi Amusa, 20 for traffic robbery in Oshodi area of Lagos State this morning.
A statement from the Rapid Response Squad states that one of the victims was inside early morning traffic around Bolade in Oshodi at about 6:30 am when one of the robbers, Adekunle Mustapha snatched his blackberry phone through the window and ran away with it.
The victim alighted at the next bus-stop and traced Adekunle. He discovered that Adekunle had regrouped with his friends.
The victim called the RRS who immediately arrested Adekunle and his friends. Adekunle in his confessional statement said “I am a bus conductor in Oshodi. I am from Ibadan and a secondary school dropout.... I am an ex–convict. I don’t want to go to prison again. Government should please have mercy on me. I was frustrated into traffic robbery. I won’t do it again,” Adekunle claimed. However his accomplices, Popoola Olawale and Femi Amusa claimed that they are bus conductors and not in-traffic robbers.
They added that they were in Lagos to make money to buy their working tools having completed their apprenticeship. The RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, has asked residents of the state to be vigilant wherever they find themselves.
"Police is your friend. Whenever you are in any distress situation, draw the attention of any police operative you see around or call 767 or 112 on your phone. Ensure that police get hold of any criminal you come in contact with, whether you are the victims or not," he said