By Agboola Bayo
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, have arrested nine suspected robbers.
The suspects were said to have been terrorising residents of Bodija Estate, Egbeda and Monatan area of Ibadan, Oyo state.
Police identified the suspects as Ganiyu Kamorudeen Saidi, aka Moscow, 36, and alleged gang leader; Toheeb Isah, 26; Adeyemi Muritala, 36; Olusegun Olatunde aka Tunde Dressing, 26; and Waidi Fatunmi, 31.
Others include: Oladapo Bayo, 20; Muniru Olododo, 46; and Theophilus Adeyemi Aremu.
They were arrested following a tip-off from a concerned resident that Saidi aka Moscow, was on his way to Ajah area of Lagos from Ibadan for an operation.
The Police team led by DSP Olaniyi Festus in charge of Strike Unit one at the FSARS Lagos to the Lagos- Ibadan Highway was said to have been deployed to trail the suspects and arrest them.
The Police team reportedly swooped on the suspects at a filling station near Ibadan, where they were buying fuel for their vehicle and arrested eight of them while their alleged armourer managed to escape into the bush with their guns.
However, a locally made-cut-to size pistol was recovered from the gang leader, Moscow, on the spot.
According to the Police, all the suspects allegedly confessed that they had been robbing residents of Ibadan and its environs, particularly snatching vehicles from their owners in the area for long.
All the suspects were arraigned before an Oyo Magistrate Court sitting at Iyaganku on a six-count charge of armed robbery.
Police Counsel, A.O Fadipe said that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 6(b), 2(2)(a)(b) and 2(1) of the Armed Robbery and fire arms Act,Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken and Chief Magistrate O.O Adisa ordered that the alleged gang leader, Moscow, be remanded at the FSARS office, Lagos to assist the Police concludes their investigation.
Adisa ordered that the other seven accused be remanded in prison custody pending DPP’s advice and adjourned the case till January 12, 2018, for mention.