The police has arrested three members of a robbery gang specialized in robbing at beaches in Lagos.
Three members of a robbery syndicate that operate at the various beaches that dot the Lagos Lagoos have been arrested by the police after they invaded the Ibeshe beach at Lekki Phase 1, on December 26, 2015.
It was gathered that the gang had stormed the beach while holiday makers were having fun on the day celebrated as Boxing Day all over the world and dispossessed people of their phones, jewellery, cash and handbags.
But operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), on patrol in the area responded to distress calls and arrested the three, whose names were given as Chukwuemeka Ikpeazu, Tajudeen Afeez and Fatai Adeokun.
According to SARS, the suspects specialised in robbing bars and beaches and three locally made pistols and 12 cartridges were recovered from them.
When they were paraded before reporters, Ikpeazu said:
“I am not the gang leader, the leader is Wasiu and he escaped with five others. He was the one that gave me this gun to follow them to rob at the beach. We robbed people in Ibeche beach and collected their phones and I was given one phone.
We also robbed at Badagry side and my share was N30,000 cash. We robbed only the people drinking and having fun in the beach."
For Afeez, a cobbler, he is just a victim of circumstance as he did not participate in the crime for which he was arrested:
“I am not an armed robber. People in the Beach snapped me and told police that I was one of the robbers.”
Adeokun said he was drinking in a bar at the beach when people pointed to him that he was one of the robbers because they saw him in the picture they snapped.
“The truth is that two people got drowned in the river and when one of the bodies was brought out, I went there to take a look and I was among those they snapped.”