CITY NEWS Po­lice ar­rest dog, 2 per­sons over rob­bery

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eugene Agha, La­gos

An Al­sa­tian dog and two per­sons - Odunade Ola­jide and Adeniyi Adisa - are cur­rently be­ing de­tained by the po­lice in La­gos State over se­ries of armed rob­bery cases in the state.

The dog and the sus­pects were ar­rested by op­er­a­tives of the Special Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS), La­gos Com­mand, at the Ladipo mar­ket area, Mushin, in the La­gos me­trop­o­lis.

A com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle the po­lice said the sus­pects were al­ways us­ing for their es­cape was re­cov­ered from the gang.

The sus­pects and the dog were ar­rested while al­legedly at­tempt­ing to rob a lady of her valu­ables at the Ladipo mar­ket.

The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, La­gos State, Ed­gal Imo­himi, who pa­raded the sus­pects yes­ter­day along with the dog at the Com­mand Head­quar­ters, Ikeja, said that the gang’s mo­dus operandi was to send the dog af­ter a would-be vic­tim, who, he said, would be thor­oughly fright­ened to sur­ren­der his or her be­long­ings.

Imo­himi said that af­ter dis­pos­sess­ing their vic­tims of cash and valu­ables, the sus­pects would zoom off with the dog on their mo­tor­cy­cle.

He said that the sus­pects had been us­ing the method to rob in­no­cent and un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic for a long time. But luck against them on Septem­ber 5, 2017 when they ran into op­er­a­tives of SARS at Ladipo.

The po­lice chief said, “On Septem­ber 5, 2017, two lo­cal crim­i­nals who spe­cialise in rob­bing peo­ple by send­ing a dog to at­tack their vic­tims were ar­rested. The sus­pects would com­mand the Al­sa­tian dog to at­tack a vic­tim. The dog, in re­sponse to the com­mand, will pounce on the vic­tim. Gripped with fear, the vic­tim will hand over all his or her be­long­ing to the gang.”

Imo­himi fur­ther dis­closed that de­tec­tives had been on the trail of the sus­pects un­til they were even­tu­ally ar­rested.

But the sus­pects de­nied rob­bing any­body. Ola­jide ex­plained that the woman who raised the alarm that her phone was miss­ing even­tu­ally found it where she kept it. The sus­pect said he was sur­prised he was be­ing pa­raded like “a com­mon crim­i­nal.”

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