Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested an ex-convict, Samuel Meme, for allegedly robbing a Portuguese couple in their car.
Twenty-two year-old Meme was arrested on Saturday after allegedly robbing the couple and the occupant of another car in traffic at the Marine Bridge, Ijora area of Lagos State.
It was learnt that the couple, who were in shock after the incident, had been admitted to a hospital in the state.
The suspect, in his statement to the police, said they were six in the robbery gang, adding that four of the members were serving different jail terms at the Kirikiri Prisons.
He said he was released recently after serving a three-month jail term.
The Delta State indigene said his gang always targeted and robbed cars whose occupants were busy with their phones in traffic.
He said, “We are six in my gang. Four of us are in Kirikiri Prisons and they are Gbenga, Imele, Tontolo and Lateef. I just came back from Kirikiri, where I spent three months.
“We rob any vehicle where the occupants are busy with phones. We start our operation around 8pm.
“My plan that night was to operate alone. As I was planning to strike, I ran into my friend, Wasiu, who taught me how to rob. We decided to rob cars together that night. At that time, there was traffic jam, which had extended to the Marine Bridge.
“During the operation, we opted for a Toyota SUV. The occupants were whites, and I guessed they were husband and wife. Wasiu and I positioned on each side of the car and we broke the two rear glasses.
“I collected the man’s phone, while Wasiu took his wife’s phone and purse containing N60,000. The lady pleaded for her drug from the purse and I asked my colleague to give it to her; then we left for another car.”
He said they attacked a Toyota Corolla which had a female occupant, adding that after breaking the side glasses of the vehicle, their victim said she had no money.
The suspect said they made away with her jewellery and bag before the RRS operatives, who were patrolling at the time, arrested him.
Wasiu reportedly escaped arrest.
Meme, who confessed to the police, said he was also an expert in removing trailer batteries, saying he sold five stolen batteries to one Musa Yahuu for N5,000 each.
It was learnt that the police had arrested Yahuu for allegedly receiving stolen property.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
She said, “The case is confirmed. The suspects have been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigations. There will be no hiding place for robbers in the state.”