Robber Dives Into Lagos Lagoon With Loot To Escape Police Arrest.
One chance robbers

A desperate 19-year-old robber identified as Junior, who was desperate to escape the long arm of the law has jumped into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge.

No one could, however, tell if he had survived or swam out, as he fled with the loot.

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It was gathered that the suspect was among a four-man gang who uses vehicles, also known as one chance to rob commuters.

The gang was said to have succeeded on Monday and were heading towards the Lagos Island when they were intercepted by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, who had been tipped-off by a victim.

The police succeeded in apprehending three of the alleged robbers, while the fourth suspect who escaped being run over by two speeding vehicles, jumped into the lagoon.

A community leader, Musbau Adekunle, said the gang had robbed one of his subordinates in the Oodua Peoples Congress on Sunday, adding that in anger, the OPC placed a curse on the robbers.

“On Sunday, we were to have a meeting at Bariga. The money for the meeting was being brought by the Abore, Jamiu Ojuroye, when he was attacked by the robbers.

Abore said he entered the bus at Estate bus stop and he sat in front with another passenger, who made way for him to sit in the middle. When the vehicle got to Iyana Ogudu, the robbers asked all the passengers to cooperate and dispossessed them of their valuables.

Abore started struggling for the control of the steering with the driver and the supposed passenger beside him, sprayed a peppery substance on his face. They pushed him down at Ifako after collecting his money, phones and ATM cards.

“When he narrated his ordeal, we went to the shrines of Ogun and Esu. We gave Ogun and Esu what they liked to eat and requested that the suspects be caught.”

Musabu said on Monday that his son, Semiu, a mechanic, was heading for Oshodi to buy spare parts when he entered the gang’s vehicle.

He explained that like Ojuroye, Semiu was also dispossessed of his personal effects and thrown out of the bus.

“He started shouting and calling for help. A taxi driver decided to help him and they gave the vehicle a chase.

“When they got to Olopo Meji bus stop, they saw the gang dropping off some other victims that had been dispossessed. They did not block the bus because it might not be safe. However, the bus turned and faced Obalende (Lagos Island).

“When they got to Berger bus stop, they informed the police who trailed the bus. The police caught up with the gang around UNILAG Waterfront on the Third Mainland Bridge. A policeman brought out a gun and ordered them to park. After the driver parked, the four suspects fled. Some motorists parked their vehicles and raised the alarm.

“A car hit the first robber. He stood up and attempted to continue running, but was hit by a second car. The police and my son got a motorcycle, chased and apprehended the other three suspects. However, the first robber who was hit by two cars jumped into the lagoon,” he added.

The three arrested robbers were identified as John Akinyemi, 27; Paul Olise, 37; and Amos Williams, 21.

Ojuroye said the robbers took N150,000 from him, adding that Akinyemi drove the bus on Sunday.

Semiu told the police that the robbers collected his telephone and the sum of N500,000 before he alerted the RRS.

The RRS, in a statement on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested by men monitoring the Iyana Oworo end of the expressway.

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters at Ikeja, said they would be arraigned at the end of investigation.