Three suspected members of a road robbery gang that have been terrorizing motorists and commuters of Mile-2 road, Lagos, have been arrested by members of the National Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
According to the NURTW Chairman, Mile 2 branch, Ajele Abeyi, the suspects were arrested on Friday night.
One of the suspects was caught trying to steal a chrome from a Venza car before he led NURTW members to the hideout of his cohorts, where two other suspects were apprehended.
“For a year now, activities of traffic robbers from Ijesha to Mile 2 have been alarming, as several persons plying the expressway had fallen victim. I was also a victim.
“We decided to assist security agents to get these hoodlums, immediately we were brought into the committee charged with the responsibility of ensuring the free flow of traffic along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
“The suspects were immediately handed over to the police at Area E Command, Festac,” Abeyi said.
When interrogated, one of the suspects, Ibrahim, confessed: “I joined the gang two months ago. I operate around PTMM (Mile 2) where tokunbo (imported used vehicles) are being cleared.
“We usually vandalize vehicles most times during traffic. It is usually done between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. because that is when traffic is much between Ijesa and Mile 2. These ones (pointing to the other suspects) usually bought the vehicle parts from me.
“I sell chromes vandalized from vehicles to them at cheaper rates. We are many that are into this business, but I was the only unfortunate one caught while vandalizing rubber from a Venza car during traffic.”
However, the alleged partner of the suspect, identified as Segun, has denied being part of his gang or having anything to do with the theft of motor parts.
“I don’t know him. The only person I have a connection with is this other man (pointing to the third suspect). I knew him from Mushin and have always warned him against buying stolen things. Rather than heed the advice, he would fight with me. I was only implicated,” Segun said.
The third suspect, identified as Adewale, admitted to having bought stolen goods from the first suspect, Ibrahim.
“I always bought chromes from Ibrahim. I am a transport worker, but whenever business was not forthcoming, I bought chrome from him to complement my daily income as a transporter,” he confessed.
“All of us arrested today are into this business of buying and selling of chromes. We bought these chromes for our agents who resell them.”