Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos, have smashed a syndicate, arresting a woman and a man that specialised in robbing unsuspecting passengers who board commercial cab along Badagry-Mile 2 route.
According to Police sources, the suspects, identified as Ahmed Isiaka and Victoria Amodu are part of five-man robbery gang operating along Seme-Badagry- Mile 2 route.
One of the apprehended robbers, 27-year-old Victoria, while narrating her story said: “I was arrested last Wednesday at Dakar Hotel in Seme, where I used to work as a prostitute.
“I am from Edo State. I came to Lagos last February to look for greener pastures when my husband was constantly beating me. We were married for eight years.
“I abandoned my husband and three children and came to Lagos with the intention of living under the bridge until I found a place to lay my head.
“Isiaka came to the hotel to see me. He told me to accompany him to a night club. Initially, I declined, but after much persuasion I followed him.
“Instead of going to the club, he took me to his place where we spent the night together. In the morning, he asked me to enter the front seat of his vehicle and he started picking passengers and I asked him why he was carrying passengers but he didn’t respond.
“It was when he and his gang members attacked the passengers that I knew what he was into. I told him I didn’t want to take part in their operations. But he threatened to deal with me, saying nobody would know my whereabouts if I didn’t co-operate with the gang.
“That was why I had a rethink and continued to participate in robbery operations. The first time I participated, I wasn’t given anything while at two other times I was given N15,000 and N10,000 respectively.”
Trouble started for the gang after a victim, whom they robbed reported the incident at the Ojo Police Division, which began investigating the activities of the gang.
Ironically, the female police officer investigating the case at the division was also robbed by the gang when she boarded their vehicle while in mufti.
She was able to get details of the vehicle during the attack. The cab was later traced to Iyana-Iba the next day, when unsuspecting passengers were already boarding it.
Ahmed was then arrested while the other members escaped. The case was later transferred to SARS for further investigation which eventually led to the arrest of Victoria. (NAN)