How brave shop owner foiled rob­bery at­tack in Lagos

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

A po­lice sources in Lagos have re­counted how an armed rob­bery gang at­tacked a chemist- cumliquor store owner in Lagos.

The three-man armed gang was said to have beaten and pis­tol­whipped the store owner, who dou­bles as the sales man­ager in a day­time at­tack.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened about 11.00 a.m. at Oko­maiko area of Lagos, a po­lice source said.

The Lagos State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Joe Of­for, a Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, how­ever, said luck ran against the gang as the vic­tim raised an alarm and in the process of es­cap­ing, one of the sus­pects was ar­rested but two oth­ers es­caped on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

The store owner be­lieved the at­tack on him may have been planned by a group of boys, who of­ten gath­ered in the com­pound of a pri­mary school at Casidy bus stop to smoke In­dian hemp un­der the pretense of play­ing foot­ball.

He claimed that the gang also used the school’s class­rooms as a place for gambling, par­tic­u­larly in the morn­ing and evening hours.

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source iden­ti­fied one of the sus­pects as Olarewaju An­i­mashaun, 25, while an­other mem­ber was sim­ply iden­ti­fied as Bio­dun.

The store owner, who sim­ply iden­ti­fied him­self as Emeka for fear that other mem­bers of the gang might stage an­other at­tack on him, said on the day of the in­ci­dent, one of the sus­pects walked straight to him on the pretense of want­ing to buy some­thing.

“Be­fore I knew what was hap­pen­ing, one of them knocked me down and pis­tol whipped me right on my face. But I man­aged to break lose and ran to­wards the en­trance, where I screamed out to passersby,” he said.

He said the sec­ond sus­pect held up a cus­tomer at the counter, hold­ing a gun to his head and roughly re­strain­ing him.

Af­ter all the vi­o­lence, two of the rob­bers ran away empty-handed, while Olarewaju who was not so lucky was ar­rested, he added.

The store owner’s head was stitched sev­er­ally as a re­sult of the at­tack and has sev­eral wounds on his lips.

Daily Trust in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that Olan­re­waju and his gang walked into the store and de­manded money af­ter show­ing a lo­cally made sin­gle bar­rel gun to the owner.

One of the rob­bers was said to have ini­tially asked for in­for­ma­tion about the price of some items be­fore pulling out the gun.

The 25-year-old rob­bery sus­pect was ar­rested by the po­lice op­er­a­tives of the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad of Lagos State Po­lice Com­mand.

At the com­mand, where he was pa­raded, he al­leged that he was lured into the crime by one of his friends, whom he iden­ti­fied as Abio­dun.

He said his de­sire to go back to school made him ac­cept his friend’s of­fer.

The sus­pect, who hails from Oshodile in Epetedo area of Lagos State, was ar­rested by the anti-rob­bery po­lice­men from area ‘K’ com­mand, Morogbo, Bada­gry and was later trans­ferred to SARS for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion.

The Lagos State Po­lice Com­mand Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Joe Of­for, a Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent, con­firmed that the sus­pect and two oth­ers at­tacked a su­per­mar­ket and drugs store be­long­ing to one Emeka.

He said they were armed with one lo­cally made pis­tol dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Luck, how­ever, ran against him as the vic­tim raised an alarm and in the process of es­cap­ing, An­i­mashaun was ar­rested, while two oth­ers es­caped on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

sus­pect ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the failed rob­bery at­tack on a shope owner in Lagos

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