Three suspected teenage robbers were on Friday arrested by the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command for snatching a handbag containing wraps of ‘fufu’ and beef stew.
The suspects, Daniel Dali, 19, Emmanuel Ashaolu, 17 and Bright Ikenna, 17, who specialised in snatching valuables using motorcycles, aka okada, were arrested around 10:48pm in the Ajegunle area by a team of RRS men on patrol.
Dali, an okada rider from Cotonu, and Ashaolu were said to have snatched a handbag from a yet-to-be identified lady and unknown to them, the bag contained two wraps of fufu and stew.
According to The Punch, their victim shouted for help, which prompted the RRS team to pursue the duo.
Ashaolu was apprehended on the chase while Dali escaped.
The RRS commander, Tunji Disu, however, said the RRS team later mobilised a decoy team, who combed the area, leading to the arrest of Dali, the okada rider, and Ikenna.
Disu said, “At the suspects’ apartment, two other roommates were arrested, but were later released after cross-examination by RRS officials.”
Dali confessed to have started the business of okada-snatch-and-run in April 2015.
According to him, “My mother’s death forced me into robbery. My mother gave me everything I wanted. After her death, I had no helper. Bright and I have been to four operations.
“In one of our outings, we snatched a recharge card worth N35, 000. He sold it and gave me only N5, 000. We don’t use guns; we have never operated with guns. We snatch valuables and escape on an okada. We have our routes. They are Boundary, Mile 2, New Roundabout, Wilma and Ajegunle.
“The okada we use was bought for me by a lady. I pay her in installment. I have paid N75, 000 out of N300, 000,” the 19-year-old said.
On his part, Ikenna said he had operated with the gang seven times, adding that several boys do the ‘okada-snatch-and-run’ business in Ajegunle.
“I know of a team, which live in different hotels, sleep in day time and operate at night. This is the only job they do to survive,” he noted.
Confirming the incident also, the state police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, said the suspects had given information that would lead to the arrest of more members of the gang.
Badmos said the suspects had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, SDCI.