How my car was snatched at gun point –Vic­tim

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Ta­judeen Olatunji, 40, has re­counted how a gang of sus­pected rob­bers on a mo­tor­bike beat him mer­ci­lessly be­fore tak­ing away his Toy­ota Camry car along the Ish­eri-Osun area of La­gos.

Nar­rat­ing his or­deal, Olatunji said he was scared as the four-man gang, who were ob­vi­ously drunk, pointed two guns at him.

“I still be­lieve that if not the in­ter­ven­tion of a man who spoke like their leader, I would have been dead by now. Their faces looked very scary.

I had com­plete fear for my life and that of my brother,” he said, his voice trem­bling.

Olatunji, who was vis­i­bly elated that his car was re­cov­ered, thanked the men of the Po­lice Rapid Re­sponse Squad (RRS) for swift re­sponse to his dis­tress call.

“I re­ally thank the RRS men for do­ing their job dili­gently. I had lost hope on that car; hence when they called me, say­ing that my car had been re­cov­ered, my joy knew no bounds,’’ he said.

Con­firm­ing that the stolen car has been re­cov­ered, the Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, La­gos State com­mand, Joe Of­for, said the ac­tion was in con­form­ity with the “Safer La­gos” cam­paign by Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode.

He said, “Im­me­di­ately the car was snatched from him, the vic­tim re­ported to the near­est po­lice sta­tion to his res­i­dence in Ish­eri-Osun. We swung into ac­tion and sent sig­nals to our con­trol rooms, which in turn con­tacted all the po­lice di­vi­sions and com­mands in the state. At that point, my men were all at alert and thor­oughly scru­ti­nised oc­cu­pants of any Toy­ota Camry on sight.

“When the rob­bers saw the pa­trol riders on their way to Ago-Okota Palace, they aban­doned the ve­hi­cle on the mid­dle of the road and took to their heels. The po­lice­men moved closer to the car and dis­cov­ered that it was the stolen ve­hi­cle. It was moved to the po­lice head­quar­ters in Alausa.’’

While hand­ing over the car keys to Olatunji, the po­lice said ef­forts were in top gear to ap­pre­hend the flee­ing thieves.

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