Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji-Adele Annex, have busted a two-man robbery syndicate terrorising Idimu, Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State.
The suspects – Sunkanmi Emmanuel, aka Federal, 30 and 28-year-old Ahmed Agunbiade, aka Omojoyibo – were arrested last week in the Igando area while they were reportedly going for a robbery operation.
It was learnt that the suspects specialised in robbing club goers of their belongings, including motorcycles in the communities.
One Dotun Ogunsanya, aka Dotman, was also arrested for buying stolen phones and motorcycles from the syndicate while a commercial motorcycle rider, Nurudeen Agbeyewo, was nabbed for allegedly taking Federal and Omojoyinbo for operations.
City Round gathered that a team of detectives swooped on the gang following complaints to the officer-in-charge of FSARS, Adeniji, DCP Ibrahim Kaoje.
It was gathered that the team, led by one SP Olaniyi Festus, also tracked down two members of a gang, Segun Okiande and Olude Usman, that specialised in burglary in the Igando area.
The police said 15 motorcycles, three cut-to-size guns, cartridges and a plasma television, were recovered from the robbery suspects.
“Emmanuel, aka Federal lives at Totowu, Ogun State while Omojoyibo resides in Igando, Lagos State. A river separates the two communities. “They specialised in robbing people at night at gunpoint. Three guns were recovered from them. They have a standby motorcyclist who takes them to locations where they carry out their operations. The two prime suspects (Federal and Omojoyibo) were traced to a hotel at Totowu. A motorcycle was recovered from them.
“Ogunsanya, aka Dotman is the major receiver. There are other suspects at large who sold stolen items to him. Federal is a member of Eye Cult. They would go to clubs and hotels and rob visitors there while they were leaving. They terrorise Idimu, Igando and Ikotun areas of the state,” a police source said.
In an interview with our correspondent earlier in the week, Federal, a native of Ondo State, admitted to being a robber and a cult member.
The 30-year-old father of five, however, said his targets were Internet fraudsters (popularly known as Yahoo boys), claiming that he did not rob innocent people.
He said, “I came to Lagos in 1998. I was an apprentice mechanic. In 2003, the government demolished my boss’ shop and he went back to his village. I became a commercial motorcyclist. After some time, it was seized by the police. I joined Eye confraternity in 2015. Our leader bought a gun for me. He is dead now.
“I started using the gun to rob. I would go to clubs on Fridays and mingle with Yahoo boys who spent lavishly there. As they were leaving, I would follow them. On getting to a deserted place, I would point the gun at them and collect their money and phones.
“I usually freed Eye cult members among them once they told me they did not have money. I have collected about six phones and sold them to Dotman. I got to him at Totowu area, where I live. I don’t rob innocent people. It is Yahoo boys who have money that I rob. I use the money I get to take care of my family. I have five children from two wives.”
Federal also confessed to have stolen six motorcycles, identifying Omojoyibo as his accomplice.
The motorcycles, our correspondent learnt, were parked by their owners around a mosque bordering Igando and Totowu, while they boarded boats to Totowu.
Federal said they took away the bikes before the owners returned to the spot.
He added, “We have sold five motorcycles to Dotman. We sold each for N30,000. I also stole one at a site.
Omojoyibo and I were going to a club in Igando on a Friday when the police arrested me but he escaped. They found ammunition on me. We were not going to rob that night. I took them to my house where I kept my gun. The police later tracked down Omojoyibo and Dotman.”
Omojoyibo, 28, who hails from Ilorin, Kwara State, said he was a cobbler and commercial motor