Police Sergeant Arrested In Lagos For Robbery
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May 27, 2016 ( Post 1 )
A police sergeant, identified as Yusuf Bello, and an accomplice, Idowu Badmus, have been detained by the police in Lagos State for allegedly snatching motorcycles and selling them in the Iyana Iba area of the state.
Punch Metro learnt that Bello, who is attached to the Itire Police Division, was arrested on Monday by the Igando Police Division after a victim, identified only as Aramide, reported that he was robbed of his motorcycle at Iyana School bus stop on the Lagos State University-Iyana Iba Road.
It was gathered that the police had recovered three stolen motorcycles from the sergeant and his accomplice, while the buyer and a motor mechanic had also been detained.
Aramide had reportedly identified his motorcycle among the three recovered by the police.
Punch learnt that on Sunday at about 1pm, the sergeant, who wore a black police T-shirt, and his accomplice, Badmus, who was in mufti, had accosted Aramide, at the Iyana School bus stop.
Badmus was said to have displayed a police ID card and a pair of handcuffs.
The two allegedly told Aramide that they were from the Iba Police Division, adding that they were taking his motorcycle into the police station.
Punch Metro learnt that when Aramide came down, one of the two suspects started the motorcycle and rode off, while the other followed him on the motorcycle they brought.
The suspects were said to have escaped with the motorcycles instead of riding it into the Iba Police Division, where they claimed to have come from.
Aramide was said to have reported the matter at the Iba and Igando police divisions, after which he boarded a motorcycle to trace the suspects.
Punch Metro learnt that Badmus was, however, arrested on Sunday on Makinde Close, Ile Epo bus stop on LASU-Iyana Iba Road, while allegedly returning from another operation.
A landlord on Makinde Close, who did not want his name in print, said it was residents who arrested Badmus, and handed him over to the police at Igando.
Speaking with Punch Metro, one of the victims, Aramide, said, “Around 1pm, I took a lady from Iyana Iba to Adolf, near Iyana School bus stop. While I was waiting to take her back in front of a pharmacy, two men on a motorcycle stopped in front of my motorcycle.
“One of them showed me a police ID card and the other slapped me. They asked me to stand up from the motorcycle. They said they were from the Iba division and they were taking it to the station.
Aramide said it was in the evening that he learnt that a suspected motorcycle snatcher was arrested and had been taken to the Igando division, adding that he went there and saw that it was Badmus.
A police source told Punch Metro that the suspects tampered with the motorcycles they snatched before selling them.
The Lagos State Deputy police Public Relations Officer, DSP Damasus Ozoani, confirmed Badmus’ arrest.
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