A motorcyclist identified as Emmanuel Michael has been arrested by the Police in Lagos for allegedly stealing his in-law’s police crested vest and fez cap for robbery.
He was arrested along with two other suspects in Ikorodu, Lagos State, by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, Daily Independent reports.
Emmanuel in company of two other accomplices, Moses Ogeh, 27, and OjonugwaOjomeje, 29, werearrestedin Ita-Maga area of Ikorodu after hijacking a motorcycle popularly called ‘okada’ from a commercial motorcyclist while impersonating police officers.
Two of the suspects, Ojomeje and Ogeh were caught wearing a Mobile Police vest and police vest and fez cap while trying to escape after collecting an ‘okada’ from a rider in Ikorodu.
The trio, operating on Michael’s ‘okada’ in the area, had around 10 p.m. accosted another ‘okada’ rider and dispossessed him of his motorcycle. They were said to have told the owner that they were police officers from a nearby police station.
It was gathered that the victim on releasing the ‘okada’ to the robbers walked few steps away and was crying for help and this drew the attention of passers-by and the operatives of RRS who chased and arrested the suspects few meters away from the scene.
The leader of the gang Ojomeje, in his statement to the police said, “in July 2019, men in police uniform collected my ‘okada’ in Ikorodu Bus Stop.
They told me they were Taskforce team from Ebute Police Station. They advised me to meet them at the station and all attempt to trace them was unsuccessful as I move from Ebute Police Station to Ijede, Mola and Ladigboye Police Post, without them.
“It was my only means of livelihood. It was exactly a week I got the ‘okada’ on hire purchase at N280,000. I had paid only N40,000 with a balance of N240,000 to settle the owner, Chinedu. I searched for it in all the surrounding police stations but there was no record of it.
“In order to pay the balance because Chinedu couldn’t take the excuse. I borrowed my friend’s bike, and I was able to pay another N40,000. Because the owner was deeply on my neck asking for payment, I sought the assistance of my friend to help me hijack another ‘okada.’
“I had a MOPOL vest at home thrown away by a former neighbour in Obalende. I appealed to Michael to borrow me his sister’s husband police uniform. The plan was to get a motor bike for me and later on, I would pay them too after I might have finished paying my debt.
“While I put on the MOPOL vest, Ogeh, a food items seller put on the police vest and fez cap. “At about 10 p.m. of that day, the three of us set out using Michael’s ‘okada’ to Ita-Maga where we collected a bike but we were arrested,” he stated.