Police arrest two for robbing popular Lagos markets


The police in Lagos have arrested two members of a 7-person gang who specialize in breaking of shops at Idumota/Balogun and some other markets in the state.

The police zonal public relations officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday that the suspects, who are foreign nationals, were arrested on Thursday at about 3.45 a.m. immediately after their operations at Idumota/Balogun markets.

“The arrest of two members of the gang was as a result of the swift response of the police operatives to a tip-off on the regular criminal acts (shop breaking) of the syndicate that have caused untold hardship and worries to the owners of some affected shops in the markets,” Mr. Adejobi said.

He gave the identities of the suspects as Yakubu Aadamu (21) from Niger Republic and Issa Musa (48),a father of 5 with no fixed address.

The spokesperson said ladies cloth worth over a million naira and an unregistered Toyota Corolla were recovered from the suspects.

“Also, due to thorough search conducted on their operational car,2(two) cultlasses,2 chisels and one heavy cutter were recovered at the bonnet of the car where they were concealed after their operation,” he said.

The police are still in the hunt for the other members of the syndicate.

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