How my car was snatched at gun point –Victim
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.