The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a serving sergeant, identified as Yusuf Bello, for allegedly snatching motorcycles at gun point and selling them at Iya-Iba area of the state, Punch reports.
Bello, who is attached to the Itire Police Division, was arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Idowu Badmus, by the Igando Police Division after a victim, identified as Aramide, reported that he was robbed of his motorcycle at Iyana School bus stop on the Lagos State University-Iyana Iba Road.
The stolen motorcycle and two others were later recovered from Bello and Badmus, while the buyer and a motor mechanic, were also arrested by the police, after the complainant had identified his motorcycle among the three recovered by the police.
It was gathered that on Sunday, May 22, at about 1pm, Bello, who reportedly wore a black police T-shirt, and Badmus, who was in mufti, had accosted Aramide, at the Iyana School bus stop.
The suspects, who had also came on a motorcycle, were said to have slapped Aramide, and ordered him to come down from the motorcycle, with Badmus displaying a police identification card and a pair of handcuffs.
The two allegedly told their victim that they were from the Iba Police Division, adding that they were taking his motorcycle into the police station.
When the victim came down from his motorcycle, one of the two suspects started the motorcycle and rode off, while the other followed him on the motorcycle they brought.
The suspects were said to have escaped with the motorcycles instead of riding it into the Iba Police Division, where they claimed to have come from, an the victim rushed to the station to report that his motorcycle had been snatched from him.
Badmus was, however, arrested at Ile-Epo bus stop on LASU-Iyana Iba Road, while allegedly returning from another operation, by some residents of the area who handed him to the police and it was his arrest that led to that of the police sergeant
A police source said that the suspects tampered with the motorcycles they snatched before selling them.
“The suspects had removed the number plates and plastic covers of the recovered motorcycles. Badmus confessed that he usually worked with Bello, a sergeant in Itire division.”
Source: Pulse NG