Detectives attached to Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected armed robber, who disguised as a lunatic to rob people.
It was learnt that the 27-year-old man, Olayinka Ogundimu, was arrested at Anifowoshe Street, Ikeja area of the State.
The residents of Anifowoshe Street were said to have informed the Divisional Police Officer of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Centre, who led his men to the scene and arrested the suspect.
Before, he was arrested, Ogundimu was said to be going about the community during the day as a mad man, while he goes out with his gang members to rob at night.
The suspect, it was also learnt, goes for operations with Point Of Sales machine to withdraw money from their victims’ accounts.
It was gathered that when the suspect was arrested, a POS machine, Automated Teller Machine, different SIM cards, banks token, bunch of keys and live tortoise were recovered from him.
Ogundimu told journalists that the toy gun was given to him by one John and he was not using it for robbery.
He said: “I am not a mad man, but I pretend to be a lunatic.
“It was because some residents of Anifowoshe caught me with live tortoise and the toy gun that was why police came to arrest me.
“I don’t use the POS to collect money at gun point.
“The POS and other things recovered from me, I picked them on the floor.”
When asked which part of the state he found the POS, Ogundimu could not give any explanation.
He said a tortoise is an animal that can be found in anybody’s house.
The State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who paraded the suspect at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja, said the suspect is a notorious armed robber who had been terrorising Ikeja and it environ.
Edgal said: “Policemen from MAN Centre arrested the suspect through community partnership at Anifowoshe Street, Ikeja, where he disguised to be a mad man.
“After keenly monitoring him, POS machine, Sim cards, bunch of keys, Techno phone, tortoise, wristwatch, bank tokens were recovered from him and he could not give a reasonable point where he got them from.”
The CP said the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of investigation.