Two hapless robbery suspects lost their lives while trying to escape in a canal.
For two suspected armed robbery suspects, it was the end of the road when they reportedly drowned in a canal around the Ojota area of Lagos State after they had snatched a bag containing a mobile phone and the sum of N13,000 from a victim and wanted to escape through the canal.
It was gathered that a five-man gang that had unleashed terror on Olusosun community in the area and allegedly snatched the bag from the victim at about 8pm but two of them were apprehended by the local vigilante in the area and handed over to the Alausa Police Division, while three of the robbers escaped.
The other vigilante members gave the fleeing robbers a hot chase and two of them were equally unlucky as they became trapped in the canal where their corpses were found the next day
An eyewitness narrated how the incident came about:
“It was a about 8pm on Thursday. I knew when officers of the Neighbourhood Watch at the Olusosun dump gave the robbers a chase. They later got two of them and took them to the police at Alausa.
The robbers had stolen one Nokia mobile phone and the sum of N13,000 from their victim around the dump.
Three of the gang members escaped that evening. It was then surprising that on Saturday, at about 12pm, the alarm was raised that two bodies were trapped in the canal.
When the officers came to examine them, it was discovered that the victims were two of the fleeing robbers who slipped and died in the canal. It was the police who later came to remove the corpses.”