The Police foiled two robbery incidents in Surulere and arrested three suspects in the process. Source learnt that the suspects were operating about 8:30am when a resident sent a distress call to the police. newsmen who visited the area, were told that the Divisional Police Officer, Bode Thomas, Mr. Bode Ojajuni, led policemen to the scene and arrested one of the suspects identified as Lekan Jamiu. The residents said the other two suspects, Lukman Bioku and Dare Johnson, immediately ran into a nearby compound. They said when the policemen chased the suspects, they (suspects) jumped over the fence into another compound.
It was gathered that when the robbers entered the compound, they held one of the occupants hostage, threatening to kill the victim if he alerted the police of their presence.
It was learnt that in their bid to escape from the compound, they took clothes which had been spread on a line and wore them. They were about escaping when the policemen arrested them.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said, “As the robbers kept jumping from fence to fence, the policemen pretended to have left the scene so that the robbers would think the coast was clear.“After the robbers had changed their clothes, they were about escaping when the policemen arrested them.”The incident was said to have caused pandemonium as the residents almost lynched the suspects before the policemen saved them.
A landlord in the area, who declined to give his name, said he was impressed by the manner the police displayed professionalism, noting that robbers usually chose festive periods or weekends to unleash mayhem on the area.
He said, “It seems the new modus operandi of these robbers is to attack on Sundays when people are careless as regards security or festive periods when people entertain many guests.“I was really impressed with the way the police handled the situation. The three suspects were arrested and they did not succeed in robbing any of us.”