Lagos: Police arrest 2 conmen for robbery

The conmen
The conmen
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Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives yesterday arrested two persons for alleged fraud and robbery. Emmanuel Anyanwu, 39, and Kennedy Ujagbor, 42, were arrested at Cele Bus Stop on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway for allegedly snatching one Sammy Bolaji’s bag.

It was gathered that the suspects tried to defraud Bolaji on Tuesday but snatched his bag and fled.

Bolaji said: “They asked me if I knew a particular address and I told them that I was a stranger in the area. As I made to leave, one of them grabbed my bag from behind and took to his heels. The second one followed suit. I ran after them but they escaped. I had N7,500, two mobile phones, cloths and other personal effects in the bag. I was travelling to Ogun State but had to discontinue the journey after the incident.

“The following morning, my mum volunteered to drive me around the spot where I was robbed. Luckily, I saw them sipping alcohol not far from the spot where my bag was snatched. I alighted the car to be sure they were the ones.

“Fortunately, I saw an RRS patrol van passing by and flagged it. The vehicle stopped and I narrated what happened to me to the policemen inside. So, they followed me to the place the guys sat. After interrogating them, the policemen arrested them.”

Continuing, Bolaji said the suspects confessed that they sold his bag at Ketu, adding that they promised to retrieve it.

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Anyanwu admitted they were swindlers, adding that they usually told their victims they were foreigners with huge consignment of mobile phones and stationery.

He said: “We would pretend that we were in search of marketers with enough money to buy the goods. In the process, we persuade our victims to show interest in buying the goods by dangling before them an irresistible offer. If they show interest, we tell them to demonstrate their seriousness with a commitment by depositing their phones, money or jewellery. That is how we con them.”

Contacted, the command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said no stone would be left unturned in reducing crime across the state.

She said they have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, for further investigation.

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