A four-man robbery gang that had allegedly been terrorising residents of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State has been arrested by Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba. The suspects include, Akin Ayotunde, Isaac Ogbonna, Sola Dede and Sodiq Lawal, who specialised in lurking around houses at night and switching off their victims’ generators before attacking them.
However, things changed for them last Thursday when they were arrested after invading the apartment of one Bello Hakeem in the Igbe area.
The suspects after spending six hours in the victim’s duplex, went away with his car, generator, money, phones, Automated Teller Machine cards, modems, laptops and cash. They also stole his wife’s jewellery and withdrew N100,000 using one of the ATM cards.
Hakeem said that around 11.09pm on Tuesday, he observed that his generator suddenly went off and he asked two of his children to go outside and fix the problem. He said about five minutes after they left, they were forced back into the house by four men, who were armed with knives.
The armed men forced them to cooperate as they searched the house stole three laptops, six phones, three ATM cards, a new 3.5KVA generator, one 75alms battery, two modems, jewellery, cash, and a Toyota Corolla car. They left after holding the family hostage for six hours.
Hakeem, an environmental scientist, said he reported the incident at the Ijede Police Station, adding that the suspects were able to withdraw N100,000 from his First Bank account before he deactivated all the stolen ATM cards.
He said two days after the incident, a friend called him that a car that looked like his own had been put up for sale.
He said operatives from the SCIID, Yaba, were alerted and the suspects were rounded up.