Bank robbery, car-snatching kingpins arrested, firearms recovered
Aug. 12, 2019
Personnel of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected bank robbery and a car-snatching kingpins, and recovered some firearms from them.
The suspected car-snatching kingpin, Francis Abubakar, was arrested by the anti-crime patrol team of the Satellite Police Station, while he and his gang members attempted to snatch a Peugeot 307 car at the Mosalasi, Mile 2 area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that a locally-made shotgun was recovered from Abubakar and that the suspect had been handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.
Similarly, a patrol team from the Ejigbo Police Station arrested a bank robbery kingpin after his gang robbed a lady at the Access Bank along the Egbe Road in the Ejigbo area of the state.
According to Elkana, the patrol team received a distressed call that the gang members were on a motorcycle and were operating outside the bank premises.
Elkana, who noted that the gang members engaged the police in a gun battle, said they were eventually overpowered and their ring leader was arrested, while a Brownie pistol with live ammunition was recovered from him.
He added that the sum of N250,000 was recovered from him and was returned to the victim.
He stated, “On August 9, 2019, around 11.10pm, the anti-crime patrol team from the Satellite Police Station foiled an attempt by a car-snatching syndicate to snatch a Peugeot 307 saloon car in the Mosalasi area along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Mile 2.
“One Francis Abubakar, who is the ringleader of the gang, was arrested. One locally-made shotgun was recovered from the suspect. The Peugeot 307 was recovered and handed over to the owner. SARS has taken over the case with a view to apprehending other members of the gang. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged.
“On August 9 around 9.45pm, the Ejigbo Police Station received a distress call that some armed robbers on a motorcycle were operating outside the Access Bank along the Egbe Road by the NNPC junction, Ejigbo. Patrol teams deployed from the Ejigbo Police Station to reinforce the mobile policemen on guard duty at the bank engaged the armed robbers in a gun battle.
“The armed robbers were overpowered and chased up to Egbe, where their ringleader was arrested with bullet wounds, while others escaped. One Brownie pistol with live ammunition was recovered from the suspect. The sum of N250,000 earlier snatched from a female victim was recovered and handed over to her. SARS have taken over the investigation and efforts are in place to apprehend other fleeing members of the gang.”