Police nab traffic robber posing as beggar on Lekki expressway

By Gbenga Oloniniran:
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected traffic robber identified simply as Ali in the Lekki area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said on Wednesday the “notorious traffic robber, one Ali ‘m’, was arrested in the Ikate area of Lekki” while carrying out “his nefarious activities on Tuesday through the combined efforts of residents and the police.”

“Preliminary investigation so far reveals that the suspect who posed as a beggar on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, terrorised unsuspecting motorists and robbed them of their cash and valuables under the threat of violence,” Hundeyin said in a statement.

In a statement also, the Lekki Concession Company Limited disclosed how its security operatives aided the arrest of the suspect.

The head, Corporate Affairs, Communications & Marketing, LCC, Veronica Jacob, disclosed on Wednesday that the suspect’s arrest was based on an intelligence report it received.

Jacob said, “The Chief Security Officer of the LCC, Solomon Tolafari, received reports from a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army to the state governor on the nefarious activities of a man posing as a beggar who then attacks and relieves unsuspecting motorists of their valuables in the state.

“Tolofari said, ‘Based on the recent report of a man that had been terrorising road users along the Lekki corridor, I mobilised our Man ‘O War team to go after him and he was apprehended around the Ikate area on Tuesday carrying out his nefarious activities, robbing unsuspecting motorists while pretending to be begging for alms,’ the statement added.

The LCC noted that Ali was handed over to officers at the Maroko Police Station for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Concluding, the state PPRO further said, “The suspect will be arraigned contingent on the outcome of an investigation.” (Punch)

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