Police nab beggar-posing robber on Lekki road

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected traffic robber identified simply as Ali in the Lekki area of the State.

The “notorious traffic robber, one Ali’m’, was arrested in the Ikate area of Lekki while carrying out his nefarious activities on Tuesday through the combined efforts of residents and the police,” according to a statement released by State Police Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin on Wednesday.

“So far, the preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect terrorized unsuspecting motorists on the Lekki-Epe Expressway by posing as a beggar and robbing them of their cash and valuables under threat of violence,” stated Hundeyin.

The Lekki Concession Company Limited, or LCC, spoke and revealed how its security personnel assisted in the suspect’s apprehension.

The head, Corporate Affairs, Communications & Marketing, LCC, Veronica Jacob, noted that the suspect’s arrest was based on an intelligence report it received.

Jacob said: “The Chief Security Officer of the LCC, Solomon Tolafari, received reports from a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army to the State governor on the nefarious activities of a man posing as a beggar who then attacks and relieves unsuspecting motorists of their valuables in the State.

“Tolofari, based on the report, mobilised our Man ‘O War team to go after him and he was apprehended around the Ikate area on Tuesday carrying out his nefarious activities, robbing unsuspecting motorists while pretending to be begging for alms”.

The LCC noted that Ali was handed over to officers at the Maroko Police Station for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The State PPRO further said the suspect will be arraigned on the outcome of the investigation.


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