The police in Lagos have smashed a bank robbery syndicate that had been terrorizing Alaba Market and its environs in Ojo L.G.A of Lagos.
Seven suspects have been arrested, including Olalekan Ayoola, who specializes in hacking bank accounts using victims’ ATM cards, SIM cards, voters’ cards and driver’s licenses.
Other suspects were Ayobami Ibrahim a.k.a Money Label, 21, Mufutau a.k.a Shakushaku Ibrahim, 25, Adeniyi Ogundiran, a.k.a MM Papa, 24, Emmanuel Chukwu Makabelly a.k.a, 25, Dare Oyetola a.k.a Paper and Sodiq Olalere. The suspects were arrested in several places and their weapons and ammunition were recovered.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, and the suspects were paraded with other suspected criminals at the Police Command, Lagos.
The police chief said that on October 7th, 2018, the police received credible information that some armed men made unauthorized withdrawals around midnight at the Stanbic Bank branch at Alaba using ATMs and the cards are suspected to have been stolen by members of the public.
He said that based on the information, the police operatives from Ojo Division and FSARS Ikeja were mobilized to the scene where they arrested two of the robbers while the other gang members escaped.
CP Edgal said that when they were searched, stolen Diamond Bank and UBA Bank cards, mobile phones, including Nokia, were recovered from the suspects.
During the interrogation, they confessed that they belonged to a band of armed robbery known as Blue Water Boys and that they had been terrorizing the area for some time. They said that Ojo, Agric, Okokomaiko, Ajangbadi, Ijaniki, Iba and their surroundings were areas where they managed and controlled before their arrest.
The suspects also confessed that they robbed the owner of a restaurant on Araromi Street, in the Iba area and, in the process, stripped the victim of his phone and debit cards.
Edgal said that Ayoola’s confession led to the arrest of the other members of the band in different areas.
The police claimed that the findings recovered from them included four single-barrel rifles made locally, 13 live cartridges without repair and casings, three laptops, phones of various brands and ATM cards.
The PC said that the suspects were arrested in the command and will be prosecuted by the judge.