Barely two weeks after they robbed and snatched a Toyota Highlander at Festac Town Lagos, a gang of young graduates has been smashed by the joint operation teams of the Ogun State Police Command and OP MESA attached to 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala, Abeokuta.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, while briefing journalists on Saturday said the suspects were arrested at the Ibafo area of Ogun State at about 8.30pm of the day of the robbery, February 4.
He said: “They were on top speed along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway after they had carried out their operation successfully but in their bid to escape, they ran into the joint operation teams, who were on their routine patrol along the same expressway. They were intercepted in the process.
“The teams forced the moving vehicle to stop when they noticed the suspicious attitudes of the occupants, who were eventually found to be armed robbers.
“The suspected armed robbers had kidnapped the owner of the snatched car(name withheld) and moved with the car before they dropped him along the road, having used him to operate the security device fixed on the said car.
“The vehicle was demobilised and stopped at a point along the expressway but the suspects hired the services of a rewire(technician) to start the engine again,and continued their movement before the arrest.
“Amuche Chukwuemeka, 22, who is a graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri in Imo State, is the ring leader; Blessing Edottie, 26, from Bayelsa State, and Santos Peter, 25, from Delta State, are graduates of various schools, as claimed by them, were all arrested for this crime.”
Adejobi revealed that the suspects had confessed to the crime and were helping the police in their investigation.