Police arrest mastermind of N500 million Lagos airport robbery

The gang allegedly robbed some Bureaux-De-Change of N500 million on February 1, 2012The police in Lagos on Monday said it had arrested the leader of a gang that robbed some Bureaux-De-Change around the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, of N500 million on February 1, 2012.

Parading the leader and three members of his new gang in Lagos, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, said that they were arrested on Thursday.

Mr. Manko said that their arrest followed information received about their hideout in Ikorodu.

He said that some other members of the leader’s previous gang had been arrested, while he remained on the police wanted list.

The commissioner said that he had received information that a notorious armed robber and architect of the MMIA robberies of February 1, 2012 and March 13, 2013 was at Ikorodu, Lagos. He said the gang leader and his members were planning to carry out a major robbery the day after they were arrested.

“Based on the strength of the above information, I directed the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), SP Abba Kyari, to go after the deadly gang.

“A crack team of SARS detectives went to Ikorodu, where the gang members were arrested.

“During a search of their hideout, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one AK-47 rifle, two double barrel pistols, 10 GPMG Magazines fully loaded, eight AK-47 Magazines fully loaded and 32 live
cartridges were recovered.

“Also, one Volkswagen Sharan Bus with registration number BDG 155 AX was recovered,” Mr. Manko said.

The commissioner said the leader confessed that he got N45 million as his share from the 2012 airport robbery.

The commissioner also alleged that the robbery suspect confessed to have participated in bank robberies in some states in the South-West and in Kwara.


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