22 kid robbers have been arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command for robbery, stealing and cultism.
According to Vanguard, the 22 teenagers, amongst whom are four girls have been nabbed and paraded by RRS officers in separate incidences of robbery, stealing and cultism around Agege and its environs in the state.
The robbers are divided into three gangs.
The first gang which consist of 8 members, with two leaders namely Babatunde, who is just 15 and Tayo, also a 15-year-old, were arrested last Thursday, at about 11:30 p.m. in Mulero, Agege for assaulting and robbing one Aladegbo Abidemi with an axe, and snatching her Blackberry Z10.
According to Aladegbo:
“I was coming from work. I decided to pass through Mulero to link the closest bus stop around 10:00 p.m. I sensed my phone ringing and I picked it. Just few seconds while on the call, I noticed some young boys about 12 swarming like bees towards me.
I ran but I fell down. They rough handled me, threatened me with an axe and took my phone. They retreated and abandoned me inside the gutter.
A couple of minutes after standing up, I saw RRS patrol vehicle. I reported the incident and showed them the direction they went. They gave them hot chase, and arrested them with my phone”.
The suspects were reported to have given out other members of the gang the following day. Other members of the gang arrested included: Matthew, 18; Sakiru, 16; Ganiyu, 13; Reliwan, 15; Ibrahim, 15 and Kudus, 15.
The second gang, consisting of 10 male and four females were picked-up at Abattoir on Monday at about 02:35 am, after three of them had earlier been arrested in Computer Village, Ikeja, for stealing mobile phones.
Reports gathered claimed that Sulaimon, 13; Godwin, 19 and Sunkanmi, 15, entered a phone stall and pretended they wanted to buy a phone. They walked out again after inspecting the phone only for the shop owner to realise that two phones were missing.
They were however caught on their way going. During interrogation at the RRS’ headquarters, three of them owned up to be members of Eiye Confraternity.
The names of other gang members arrested included: Taiwo, 17; Rotimi, 17; Lateef, 19; Tunde, 17; Bolawatife, 15; Kayode, 15; Olamide, 15, and four females Olamide, 19; Agnes, 14; Ayo, 15 and Ope, 16.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the teenagers. She stated that the Commissioner of Police summoned the parents of the children and he has ordered that the teenagers be sent for rehabilitated without delay.