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Police Reject N500,000 Bribe, Arrest Suspects With Stolen Construction Materials

By Jacob Ayodele, Lagos

Police operatives attached to Area E Command, FESTAC Town, Lagos State have arrested five suspects with stolen iron rods, property of China Construction Engineering Company (CCEC).

According to a statement by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the suspects were accosted on April 11, 2021 at about 3am in a Ford Bus with Reg. Number FST 679 XZ, with some 25mm iron rods between Volks Bus Stop and Iyana Iba, Lagos State.

The suspects were alleged to have offered a bribe of N500,000 to the police operatives, who rejected the offer and went ahead to arrest them with the stolen items.

He gave the names of the suspects as Lawal Saheeed, 40; Taofeek Adenigba, 43; Ope Olowolayemo, 28; Azeez Jamie, 41; and Omotayo Adewale, 34 – all male.

The items recovered from them are some pieces of 25mm iron rods, one nozzle, one gas cylinder and Ford Bus with Reg. No. FST 697 XZ.

The police spokesman said the management of the company has been contacted and has identified the stolen items to be their property.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated and the suspects be charged to court as soon as possible.

In another development, police operatives attached to the Sagamu Road Division of Ikorodu, Lagos on April 12, 2021 arrested two suspects, Awosika Kehinde, m, 24, and Olatilewa Ayomide, m, 18, at Sabo Area of Ikorodu with a dummy Beretta pistol.

The suspects were accosted by the police on a motorcycle in Sabo area of Ikorodu.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were using the dummy gun to scare their victims anytime they were on robbery operation, particularly in traffic.

Adejobi said other items recovered from them include some assorted charms.

Odumosu has also directed that the suspects be transferred to the Command Special Squad for thorough investigation.

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