A notorious Lagos traffic robber has been arrested by the police.
It was end of the road for Ubi Monday, a notorious traffic robber who has been terrorising residents of Lagos State especially motorists plying the ever busy Mile 2 road, as he was nabbed by men of the state Rapid Response Squad (RRS), who responded to a distress call and swooped in on the suspected criminal shortly after he dispossessed on Orji Ogbonnaya of the sum of N28,000.
When interrogated, Monday who told the police he resides at Olutimeyin Street, Ayobo-Ipaja, said he is a member of a robbery syndicate that operates around the Mile 2, Ajegunle, Coconut, Ojo-Alaba and environs.
“I used to sell second-hand clothes at Kantangwa market along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway. One of my customers introduced me to robbery. He taught me how to pick pockets without people’s knowledge. On the day I was caught, I intentionally sat beside the victim in the bus because we know our victims.
This is not my first time. I have been in this profession for almost two years. I want the government to forgive me now that I know there is no gain in stealing.”
The victim narrated how he was robbed:
"I boarded a bus to Mile 2 from Oshodi. On getting to Toyota, the suspect came in because there were still spaces in the bus. I didn’t have an inkling that he had a mission.
I adjusted a bit from him and he also did making him closer to me. When I noticed that he had removed the money from my pocket after I touched my thigh, I pretended as if nothing had happened.
Then I started looking if I could see any police patrol vehicle. When we reached Mile 2, he wanted to alight from the bus but I held his trousers. As we alighted from the bus, I called the attention of the RRS patrol team I saw around.
Unknown to me, he had passed the money to one of his gang members. But when the police surrounded us, a man dropped the money on the road and ran away. It was when the suspect was being taken to the police headquarters that he confessed stealing my money and passing it to his partner.”