Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Captures Highway Robbery Syndicates - Photos

The Operatives of Rapid Response Squad attached to the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended 12 suspects over an attempted murder of a tanker escort and diversion of a 45,000 litre diesel laden truck as well as the diversion of 410 bags of flour.

According to the RRS, the incident occurred on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 when the truck with registration number ENU 751 XH conveying 45,000 litres of diesel from a depot in Delta State was hijacked. During the process, the suspects hit the truck pilot, Tunji Ajayi, with hammer at the back of the head and threw him into a ditch.

The diversion was reported at Rapid Response Squad’s Headquarters in Alausa, where the officials declined to take up the case over jurisdiction. It was further revealed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, on hearing of the incident directed that the police swing into action immediately, noting that crime has no jurisdiction. Days after the operatives swung into action, the team arrested 23 suspects directly involved in the attempted murder of Tunji Ajayi, the representative of Samsuat Petroleum, the diversion, buyers and sub-buyers of the products.

The complainant, Mrs. Nafisat Osinowo, in her statement stated that “the diesel was meant to be delivered in Sango, Ogun State. Our representative escorting the truck called me when they got to Benin that the tyre of the truck was not good in the afternoon. He called again at 11:00 p.m. that the truck has been parked in Ore. It is our tradition not to travel at night. Our discussion was that they proceed on the journey at 5:00 a.m. the next day. That was the last time we spoke. Efforts to get him the following day proved abortive until few days later when we were called that he was in an intensive care unit at the hospital.”

Police sources revealed that Gbenga Akinboyewa (33) and Obinna Ofunue (29) were recruited by a syndicate in connivance with the driver of the diesel truck, Amara (now at large), to eliminate Tunji Ajayi. The trio who were at Ore at night, engaged Ajayi, overpowered him before hitting him at the back of the head with a hammer. They were reported to have thereafter dropped his body in a ditch along the road before diverting the truck with the 45,000 diesel.

The syndicate, led by Chibueze Nnamdi, a building materials dealer in Ore, Ondo State, Edwin Ozor, Oluchukwu and one Shedrach, now at large, had raised N800,000 to pay for the services of those engaged in the course of the diesel diversion. Those equally arrested in connection with the attempted murder and diesel diversions were: Sadiku Ganinu, Oluchukwu Oyema and Gbenga Aliyu. Meanwhile, the operatives have also uncovered that the same syndicate had sometime last week facilitated the disposal off 410 bags of flour believed to belong to Dangote Flour.

Police sources revealed that one of the suspects, whose name was not mentioned, disclosed that the syndicate had a week ago, disposed a truck load of flour. The revelation prompted further investigations by the operatives, which led the RRS team to Sagamu, Ogun State, where the buyer of the flour, Rabiu Bello, was arrested. Bello, a colanut dealer, had in his statement stated that one Mustapha (at large) brought the flour deal to him, adding that, he bought each bag of the flour N8,500. He further stated that he in turn sold the flour in Zamfara at N9500 per bag.

Others involved in the flour deal and arrested by the operatives included Chigozie Obi, Feranmi Michael and Adedeji Kehinde. Confirming the development, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Olatunde Famous-Cole, said that the Command will not rest on its oars in nipping in the bud criminal activities in the state.

It was learnt that all the suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti.

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