A senior police officer attached to the anti-robbery squad in Lagos has been arrested for robbery.
Omorokai and the others were nabbed by operatives from the Okokomaiko Police Division and another Ikeja SARS team, while taking the container for sale.
Omorokai's secret was bust when the company which owned the trailer, had put a distress call across to the police that armed robbers attacked the driver and the conductor and the truck which had a tracking device, was traced to the Okokomaiko area and the four suspects were arrested.
A source within the police informed that apart from Omorokai, three other policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, were also involved in the robbery, but had escaped from the scene.
The source said:
“What happened was that four policemen, attached to SARS, Ikeja, on Saturday, waylaid the trailer carrying the container around the Abbatoir, Agege area. The trailer was heading for Sagamu in Ogun State.
The SARS policemen, led by an inspector, drove a Toyota Sienna car, and they pretended to be officers at a checkpoint. When the driver of the trailer stopped, they attacked and ordered him to get out of the trailer, and they began to drive the vehicle towards Agege to sell the container.
But the buyer in Agege was not willing. They, therefore, moved to Okokomaiko to get another buyer. It was there that the police from the Okokomaiko division arrested them.
The police also arrested three others, including a supposed buyer of the container which was laden with auto spare parts.
The police had to block the major parts of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway before the suspects could be arrested. Three police units – SARS, Safer Highways and the Okokomaiko division – were involved in the operation.
Initially, the suspects insisted they were policemen and they had seized the truck. But when they saw they were going to be exposed, they started shooting. Three of them later escaped, while Omorokai was arrested.
Three other suspects were later arrested in connection with the robbery. A sum of N30m, said to be proceeds from the sale, is with the runaway policemen.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, saying that that investigation was ongoing into the matter.
“We made arrests and the command is investigating the incident. I have yet to confirm if a police sergeant is among the suspects arrested.
But if he is involved, you can rest assured that the command knows the disciplinary actions to take.”