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Police in Lagos have arrested more than 30 suspected thieves at Oshodi-Oke, in a clampdown on suspected robbers who attack people caught up in traffic jam.

The suspects were alleged to belong to criminal gangs who dispossess motorists of their valuables during rush hours.

The Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the suspects who specialised in dispossessing motorists of valuables, were arrested on Friday evening.

“At about 5:45pm on Friday, November 10, the Police received information of an attack on a motorist by a gang of four men.

“The four men, all residents of Oshodi, divided themselves into two groups, whereby some distracted attention by engaging the driver, while other members of the gang quietly dispossessed the unsuspecting motorist.

“The victim, one Dare Adewale, was dispossessed of his Infinix mobile phone. The thieves ran away when passers-by raised the alarm.

“Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad posted to Oshodi-Oke subsequently rushed to the scene and the gang members were arrested,” he said.

He added that the suspects were immediately taken to the Police station for preliminary investigation.

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In a similar development, the SARS operatives on the same day at 7pm also arrested 28 hoodlums who capitalised on the slow moving traffic caused by construction works at Oshodi to dispossess motorists of valuables.

According to the PPRO, the arrest was carried out through intelligence report and surveillance of the route during traffic.

“Today the 10th of November, 2017, at about 7pm at Oshodi area of Lagos State, SARS operatives arrested 28 hoodlums who attacked motorists in traffic gridlock caused by the ongoing construction work in that area.

“The arrest was done in the evening by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad through intelligence report and surveillance of the area during traffic period.

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, Ag. CP Edgal Imohimi, is using this medium to inform members of the public who have been victims of traffic robbers in this area to kindly visit the State SARS office, Ikeja and help in identifying some of the arrested suspects.

“The suspects will be charged to court on Monday, November 13,” he said.

Famous-Cole added that the CP has promised that the Command would do all it takes to locate criminal hideouts and arrest more suspected traffic robbers.

This, he said, was to ease the free movement of Lagosians and ensure they feel safe to go about their daily activities, especially as the Yuletide is fast approaching.

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