Six suspected armed robbers, who allegedly attacked a female inspector and collected her bag containing N50,000 and other valuables, have been arrested by the Lagos state police command.
Punch Metro gathered that the robbers, at the Idi Oro bus stop in the Mushin area of Lagos, had swooped on the inspector as she alighted from a commercial bus, at about 10.30pm last Wednesday.
The matter was reported at the Anti-Robbery section of the SDCI and 23 suspects were picked up from the bus stop the following day.The inspector was said to have identified six of the suspects as the attackers.
The suspects are Monday Dahoof, 19; Opeyemi Abiodun, 28; Moshood Ibrahim, 27; Ademola Adeyanka, 28; Tope Akinyemi, 34; and Ibrahim Kamilu, 22.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, the suspects, however, denied attacking the inspector.
One of them, Akinyemi, said he was a fashion designer in the Oloosa area and he was returning from his shop when the police picked him up.
“I am a family man. I have not met the woman before in my life. I am a fashion designer. I was returning from my shop when the police waylaid and arrested me.”
A police source said that the bag, as well as two Automated Teller Machine cards in it had yet to be recovered.
“We initially arrested 23 of them at the scene of the crime. But the inspector was able to identify six of them. The police woman had just alighted from a commercial bus when the robbers swooped on her. They collected her bag and clothes.“She thereafter reported to the SARS and the suspects were arrested.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, could not be reached for comment.