The Lagos State Police Command early on Monday morning arrested five trans-border robbers fleeing into Lagos after robbing an Ogun State-based haulage company’s warehouse.
The nine-man robbery gang was led by a Cameroonian born, Ahmed Ibrahim, 33, and one Obinna, who along with three others are now at large.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, parading the suspects today at the State Command, stated that the robbers were intercepted at Toll Gate border of Lagos and Ogun States by a patrol team of Rapid Response Squad stationed in the area. They were chased by the team when they refused to stop before they later halted at Meiran Junction, Lagos.
Apart from Ahmed Ibrahim, four other members of the gang equally arrested Kelechi Nebu (30), Ndueso Sunday (45), Tochukwu Egemuka (33) and Obinna Oforkaja (30).
Items recovered from the robbers included: one Volvo truck with registration number KRD 515 XR, 13 unit of truck tyres, one refrigerator, 26 gallons of four litre engine oil, 24 gallons of 25 litres of engine oil, two batteries, assorted charms, one cutlass and two knives.
According to the haulage company’s security guard, Kenny Peters: “I was doing the rounds when they held me from the back. They wanted to shoot me first but one of them cautioned them that it won’t hurt me. They matchete me in the forehead and beat me with all manners of rods, including truck wheel spanners. They tied my hands to the back and carried me to one fence, thinking that I was dead.
“They looted the company’s store and were set to go when I woke up. I hung on to the back of the truck from Dalemo, Sango Ogun State to Toll Gate, where I saw RRS Team. I alerted them and they chased the truck to Meiran Junction, where they were forced to stop. Four of them fled while 5 were arrested.”
According to sources within the company, the leader of the gang, Ahmed Ibrahim, was the brother of the haulage firm’s former security guard, who in a similar operation stole about 100 truck tyres from the company in August 2018.
The leader of the gang confessed to have recruited one Obinna, who mobilized seven more robbers for the operation.
Police have already arrested the driver of the truck, Kudus Adebayo (33), while investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.