Eko Hot Blog reports that Police operatives have busted an armed robbery syndicate led by a 43-year old lady, Adeshina Ayisat Ajoke and two others, Adejumo Fatai, 40 and Akintunde Akanni, who specialized in snatching vehicles in Lagos State.
The suspects were arrested by the Commissioner of Police Special Squad of the State Command following intelligence reports on their activities in the State.
The squad moved into action, trailed and arrested the suspects and detained at the State Command for interrogation.
During the investigation, the Police discovered that the suspects and others now at large were allegedly responsible for various car snatching incidents between January 2023 and August, 2023 across the State including Alimosho, Shomolu, Bariga, Ebule Egba and other areas.
The Police also recovered various vehicles, which they allegedly conspired and stole during their various operations which included Toyota Sienna worth N1.3m belonging to Awwal Sulaiman, Ford Ranger pick up belonging to Popoola Ayowole worth N5m.
Also recovered from the syndicate were Hyundai Santra SUV belonging to Abraham Adeyi, Toyota Sienna bus belonging to Ugochukwu Celestine and others including Honda City car recovered from Ajoke, which she forged the documents and was using as her car.
The Police also recovered one Toyota Camry from one of suspects, Akintunde worth N4m as receiver, which was snatched with arms during the operation.
After the investigation, the Police found them culpable and consequently charged before the Ogba Magistrate Court for the alleged conspiracy, stealing and armed robbery.
However, the Court did not take their plea when they were arraigned after the prosecutor, Supol Akeem Raji, asked the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for legal advice because of the nature of the case.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, ordered the defendants to be remanded in custody pending the outcome of the DPP’s advice and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the DPP.
The matter was adjourned for mention for the report of the DPP’s advice to be made available, which will determine if the matter will be transferred to the High Court or not over jurisdiction.
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