Bus conductors during the day and Robbers at night caught

Bus conductors during the day and Robbers at night caught

Lateef Sodiq 22-year-old and Tunde Lawal 21-year-old, two bus conductors, have been nabbed by men of the Lagos State Command after robbing a  motorist of his Honda saloon car.

The two belong to a group of a car-snatching gang operating in Lagos.

Car snatching they claimed they used as a “supplement” to their work as bus conductors with robbery.

Sodiq speaking with the press said that he was arrested in a bus by men of the Alakara Police Division, Lagos, who were already on his trail without his knowledge.

Adding that, on Wednesday, after concluding his bus conducting duty, he went to meet other members of his gang and they snatched the Honda at Sabo area of Yaba, Lagos and dumped the driver of the vehicle at Obanikoro along Ikorodu Road.

He said, “We did not beat the owner of the vehicle, we just asked him for the security codes of the car.

“This is the second time I would follow the gang to snatch a vehicle. I was given N50,000 the first time my gang took me along on an operation. Our leader is called Coded. He has not been caught since he ran way.

“I have been an armed robber for just one month. I came to Lagos from my state, Kwara, last year when I could no longer stand the farming business my father forced me into when he could no longer sponsor me to school.

“When I finished primary six, my father did not have money for me to continue schooling,”.

he said “Now, I really feel bad about what I have done. I regret my  life now. By the grace of God, if I am released, I will run back to my village immediately.”

Lawal the other apprehended culprit, explained that he thought robbery would be an easier job than his normal bus conducting work.

“My work as a bus conductor is a tough job. that’s why I decided to join the robbery gang. But now, I know better, the problem in robbery is worse. I wish I can just be released to go back to my conductor business,”.

He disclosed that he was introduced to the gang  by Sodiq.

Adding that, he was responsible for of ransacking any vehicle they snatched and gathering every valuable found in such vehicles.

“I don’t hold a gun, all I did was gather money, phones and other valuables,” he said.

He further added that he did not know other members of the gang except Sodiq.

He said the first operation he participated in, they were almost arrested when the police chased them but they escaped.

Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police, has said efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang.


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