Man Arrested By The Police For Stealing Cartons Of Cell Batteries From A Truck In Traffic
A suspected robber, 22 year old Timothy Ojomandu who was arrested by
the police in Lagos, said his gang always sold stolen items to buyers
during heavy traffic at the Tin-Can Port, Apapa.
According to Punch, Ojomandu was arrested in the Mile 2 area on
Saturday at about 7pm, while allegedly robbing with 2 other gang
members during the gridlock, but the other 2 escaped from the scene.
It was learnt that Ojomandu sneaked into a truck carrying cartons of cell
batteries, heading for the Ijora area, and removed two cartons of the
product before he was caught.
The police said the driver of the truck, Mr. Ajiboye Mogaji, had raised
the alarm during the operation, which attracted policemen attached to the
Rapid Response Squad to the scene.
During interrogation, Ojomandu said:
“I belong to a gang, and we robbed pedestrians and motorists during the
peak period of traffic congestion in the Mile 2 area. I was a bus
conductor before our leader, one Victor Chibowu, introduced me to
“We usually sell all our stolen goods to buyers in the Tin-Can Island
area. One of them is Mr. Gawo. He has shops in the Tin-Can Island area.
It was the gang leader who usually took the goods to him after each
The driver of the truck, Mogaji, on giving his statement said:
“When I saw him sneaking into my truck, I pretended as if I did not see
him. While inside the truck, he passed one carton to his partner who was
moving beside the vehicle. As soon as I saw him passing it, I rushed
down on motion.
“When the other gang members noticed me, they ran away with the
product. While the suspect wanted to run away too, I held him by the
trousers, while I shouted for help.
Policemen patrolling the area then showed up at the scene.”
The RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, said the suspect has been
transferred to the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further