Members of the robbery gang, which robbed two commercial banks in Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police.
Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply as Jafaru, and one Baba Ibeji were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered.
It was gathered that members of the gang were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
One of the suspected robbers was arrested by soldiers, who were on a stop-and-search, one week after the operation while travelling to Okitipupa, Ondo State in a Lexus bought with the proceeds of the robbery. He was also found with bundles of new N1,000 notes with bank seals. The suspect later led policemen to arrest other members of the gang.
“The soldiers were on a stop-and-search and they found the suspect, identified as Baba Ibeji, while on his way to his home town in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
“During a search, they found bundles of new N1,000 notes with bank seals in his bag.
“The soldiers got in touch with the Lagos State Police Command on the development.
“During interrogation, the suspect gave the contacts and names of other suspects, who were subsequently arrested.
“Three suspects were picked up by the police in Ikorodu. Two of them had bought Sport Utility Vehicles with the proceeds. All of them had bought plots of land with their loots. Three vehicles have been recovered for now.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrests.
The gang had stormed the Ebute-Ipakodo branches of the First Bank and Zenith Bank at about 8.30am on June 24 this year, carting away millions of naira.