The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has said five suspects were arrested with five guns in the Egbeda area of Lagos State, following a robbery incident on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
The Police boss identified the suspects as Musbau Gbadamosi, Kehinde Jimoh, Ayomide Ibile, Adekunle Rasheed and Ayodele Ojo.
According to him, police operatives received a tip-off on the activities of the men and swung into action, leading to their arrests.
He made this known while parading them at the Police Officers’ Mess in Ikeja area of the state yesterday
The suspects, however, denied being robbers, saying they were local vigilance men and they used the guns for their work.
One of the suspects, Kehinde Jimoh, said he was a filling station security guard and was wrongly accused.
He said, “On that morning at about 2am, Ojo, who is also a community guard, came to the filling station where I work in the Ikotun area. He said he wanted to buy fuel and I told him we had closed and don’t run 24 hours services.
“When I came out to further talk to him, some men just came out of the dark and held me. They said they were policemen and that I was under arrest. They requested my gun. I told them the gun was given to me by my boss.
“They said I belonged to a robbery gang and I told them it wasn’t true. I requested that I should be allowed to get my identity card from my room and also call the filling station manager, but they took me away. Since then, I have not been allowed to reach anyone. I know nothing about what they are saying.”
Another suspect, 61-year-old Adekunle, said he had been a guard in the Egbeda area for the past four years, adding that his gun was given to him by a former landlord association chairman, who was late.
He said, “I was only doing my job as a security guard before I was arrested. I am too old to be a robber. What I did not do in my youth, is it now that I am old that I will engage in it?”