According to punch, it was gathered that the duo were members of a three-man gang, whose mode of operation was breaking into vehicles in traffic and stealing people’s belongings.
It was learnt that the suspects had been on the police watch list after they allegedly robbed a 43-year-old Josephine Maxwell, while on her way to the market.
The suspects were reportedly arrested during a foiled robbery operation with a dagger found in their possession.
One of their victims, Josephine Maxwell, said she was robbed in May 2018 while on her way to the market.
“The men stole from me two gold necklaces, earrings, one Samsung S9+ mobile phone and one black coloured Versace handbag. One of them threatened to stab me if I didn’t cooperate with them.”
One of the suspects, Adewole, said he and his gang had yet to rob anyone on the day they were arrested.
He stated, “I and my other gang members went to the Obalende Bridge to rob people of their belongings while they were stuck in traffic. We were about to start the robbery when we were sighted by the police. We had not stolen anything before we were arrested, but our mission was to steal.
“We use grinded plug heads to shatter vehicle glasses and we use dagger to rob people of their belongings. We had robbed more than seven times on the bridge and were never arrested by the police until now. We sell the valuables we steal from people around the Mushin area of Lagos.”
The suspects were arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery.
The charges read, “That you, Isaiah Adewole, Jelili Jimoh and others now at large on May 21, 2018, around 6am at Obalende under the bridge, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; armed robbery, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Isaiah Adewole, Jelili Jimoh and others now at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, while armed with two dangerous stainless daggers and other offensive weapons, did steal two gold necklaces valued at N260,000, earrings valued at N150,000, one Samsung S9+ handset valued at N245,000 and one black-coloured Versace handbag valued at N75,000, all valued at N810,000, properties of one Josephine Maxwell, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 296 and punishable under Section 297(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
However, the plea of the defendants was not taken.
The presiding magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison.
He adjourned the case till December 13, 2018. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇