Operatives of Iju Police Division (Red House Police Station) have arrested an armed robbery suspect with a gun.
The suspect, 25-year-old Popoola Tobi, investigation revealed was arrested at about 11.40 am on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 while he and four other suspected gang member were heading for a robbery operation.
It was gathered that the suspect said to reside at 4 Ogun Street, Station Bus stop, Iju-Ishaga was arrested within a play ground close to a Catholic Church in Fagba area of Iju.
Further investigation revealed that four other suspected members of the gang took to their heels and escaped when they sighted the police.
Recovered in one of the bags belonging to the suspects were one locally made pistol, hard drugs such as SK and Indian hemp.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command Chike Oti confirmed the arrest, saying that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) SP Eheinde led the team comprising of Inspector Adeniken Benson Ade to effect the arrest following a tip off.
Oti, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the suspect and exhibits have been transferred to the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad(FSARS) for further investigation, adding that effort was on to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.
Recall that Iju-Ishaga, a Logos suburb has witnessed several criminal cases particularly by armed robbers and cultists.
Investigations by Daily Independent revealed that most of these hoodlums came to the community from neighbouring Ogun State to commit all manner of crimes and thereafter escape back to Ogun State.
There had been series of cases where shops were broken into and looted at night around the Balogun Street axis of Iju.
It was gathered that a gang of criminals who operated on Sienna vehicles had hitherto terrorised innocent citizens who were going to work and their businesses as early as between 5 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. They allegedly picked passengers who were mostly going to Lagos Island, pretending as if they were going to work as well, and thereafter robbed their victims before they get to Fagba Bus Stop.
There were several cases also where the criminals picked passengers and forced them to withdrew money with their ATM cards in the wee hours at gun point in that area.
Residents of the communities have severally cried out to the police concerning their plights , which it was gathered prompted the Area Commander, Area ‘G’ Command, Ogba, under whose jurisdiction Iju police falls to post a good number of policemen from the Area Command headquarters to a Police post along Iju Road (Isokodile police post) and to remain permanently there and assist in combating crimes in the area.