Inhabitants leaving in settlements that consist of Baruwa, Iyana-ipaja Isashi and Ikotun areas in Lagos suburbs can now breathe a sigh of relief as dismisses soldiers found to be terrorizing the settlement have been apprehended.
This chilling revelation was broke to journalists by the Lagos state commissioner of police zubairu Muazu yesterday at a press briefing
Citing a particular reference, the police boss said one of such incident happened on February 18, 2019 at about 4:30pm where a commuter who was travelling to Ibadan from Ijegun within ikotun axis and was accosted by the said robbers who eventually dispossessed him of his Lexus RX330 black at gun point
He said that it was on the strength of the complaints that the command tasked operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to identify the gang and apprehend them in a location that comprising Ijegun, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja, Iyana-ipaja, Ishashi and Ikotun areas of Lagos.”
Those dismissed soldiers according to the police use their uniforms to rob innocent citizens, hijack victims at gun-point under the guise of being a member of OP MESSA”
It was gathered that the suspects would order their victims to drive to a lonely area where they would order them out of the car at gunpoint and later drive off with the car.
The seven suspects admitted belonging to a gang of robbers terrorizing residents of the state and dispossessing them of their valuables
While parading the suspects yesterday, CP Zubairu said the command has been receiving a lot of distress call from residents of Ijegun and environs about the heinous activities of some robbers who operate in military uniform
Those arrested were identified as Ndidi Oluchukwu, 30; Owolabi Adeyemo, 42; David Olufemi, 47; Iseyin Samuel Isreal, 41; Emeka Ibeh, 29; Samuel Anochime, 36; and Ebedot Stephen, 27.
In his confession, Ndidi Oluchukwu said he was dismissed from the army in 2013 while serving in the North East. “I was dismissed in absentia because I took an excuse from my unit commander to go back home to treat myself. I stayed beyond the one-week period I was given. I went back home and stayed for a while before hooking up with other dismissed soldiers in Lagos. I started my new life by escorting commercial vehicles. I make N3,500 each day. I met other members of the gang while escorting vehicles. We came together to form a new gang,” he added.