The Lagos State Police has arrested a 200 level Computer Science student of Caleb University who was discovered to be the son of a serving Local Government Chairman in Lagos, and another suspected member of his gang after their botched attempt to snatch a car from an Uber driver in Ikorodu area of Lagos was busted.
The suspects identified as Gideon Bamidele (19) and Hafeez Anifowose, (20), had boarded the Uber cab, a Toyota Corolla car with plate number KJA 911 EG, at the early hours of Monday , in Surulere, heading towards Agric, Ikorodu. The UBER driver, Mr Otun Olugbenga who spoke to newsmen said that upon reaching Itowolo bridge, one of the suspects grabbed him by the neck.
“One of them grabbed me by the neck pointing a gun at me. He ordered me to leave the steering. When I refused, they started struggling the steering with me . I started shouting for help, on sighting a police vehicle stationed afar , on the other side of the road. In the process, the vehicle skidded off the road and somersaulted severally before it stopped .At that point, I lost consciously briefly.”
Vanguard reported that policemen at the nearby pin-down-point who raced to the scene with the intention to rescue occupants of the vehicle, became curious after Bamidele and Anifowose who crawled out of the vehicle were spotted with a gun. They ( suspects ) reportedly took to their heels on sighting the policemen approaching. While some of the policemen gave the fleeing suspects a hot pursuit, the rest rescued the driver.
Blaming his indulgence on what he described as his parents uncaring attitude, Bamidele who is the son of a local government chairman said :
“I blame my father for this. He abandoned me and refused to pay my school fees, not because he didn’t have the money but because he said I was wayward. Immediately my mum traveled to the UK, my dad said he was no longer interested in my schooling, just because he caught me smoking one day and concluded that he would no longer waste his money on me anymore. He is the Chairman of a local government and can not deny he does not have money . Our aim was to snatch the vehicle and sell it. I intended to use my share of the loot to settle my school fees. Take my father’s telephone number , call him to come and see me in the situation he has put me”, he said in tears.
The State Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal,who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said that being caught with a toy gun would not douse the charges, as he further stated that the son of the local government chairman and his gang member would be charged same way an armed robbery suspect with a real gun would.