Crime Watch

Lagos police arrest three for allegedly attacking, robbing DPO

The police in Lagos state has revealed that its officers arrested three suspects who allegedly attacked and robbed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Alausa Ikeja, CSP Tokunbo Abaniwonda.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Tuesday, and disclosed that the suspected armed robbers attacked the DPO with a machete

He said that three suspects were apprehended on 9th of April 2024, at about 11pm when the Alausa division went on a sting operation at Otedola Bridge, Alausa Ikeja.

Hundeyin explained that while the officers were at the bridge, a gang of three suspected armed robbers emerged from their hideout and suddenly attacked the DPO Alausa with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

He claimed that the suspects also made away with Abaniwonda’s Samsung S22 phone, adding that the suspects escaped to an unknown destination after the attack.

He said; “Subsequently, on April 13, at about 10.00 a.m., intelligence gathering showed that the said suspects were sighted hiding at a hotel in Akute area of Ajuwon Ogun.

“Upon receipt of this information, the anti-crime team of the division moved swiftly to the location and arrested a 29-year old suspect, popularly known as (THUG LIFE), who happened to be the ringleader of the group.

“One other suspect, 25, was also arrested with the ring leader in the hotel. They were taken to the police station for investigation with exhibits found on them”.

The police spokesperson said investigation revealed that the suspect forcefully snatched the handset from the DPO after attacking her with a machete on the back. He said further efforts led to the arrest of the 25-year-old third suspect.

“Further investigation revealed that the ring leader has been robbing on Otedola Bridge for the past five years, but changing his boys every time for operations,” he said.