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Nigeria: Two policemen, two vigilantes arrested for robbery

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Policemen Inspector Ogunleye Stephen and Inspector Sunday Adetoye arrested for armed robbery by the Nigeria Police, Zone 2 Command Headquarters

Two Nigerian policemen have been arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies in Lagos and Ogun States, the Nigeria Police, Zone 2 Command Headquarters said.

The policemen identified as Inspector Sunday Adetoye (No. 279495) and Inspector Ogunleye Stephen (No. 223521) with their gang robbed residents in Obada-Oko in Ogun State before they were caught.

Another policeman who was also involved in the robbery, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ajayi Victor, is at large.

Two other accomplices who were also arrested were identified as members of a vigilante group in the area.

Disclosing how the policemen were arrested, Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, SP Umma Tunni Ayuba, explained that “The erring officers, who were at the time facing trial for a similar offence, on November 23, 2023, at about 10 pm, went in the company of three others; two members of the vigilante group, one Semiu Afisu ‘M’, one Abidoye Femi ‘M’, and one Charles John ‘(the driver), to the residence of one Taiwo Monsuru, and one Akintola Sunday, at Obada-Oko in Ogun State; armed with two SMG rifles and live ammunition, searched without a warrant where they allegedly made away with 5 iPhones, one Samsung smartphone, one Tecno smartphone, and two laptop computers.

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Ayuba added “Police officers attached to Ifo Division mounted a roadblock after other residents of the apartment informed them of the incident with the description of the vehicle, which led to the apprehension of the occupants of the vehicle.

“One ASP Ajayi Victor allegedly led the illegal operation and fled. He is currently at large.

“The AIG has directed that the dismissed officers be charged to court alongside the civilians involved, while he urges all officers and men of the force to remain professional in the discharge of their duties by the law, as anyone found wanting will be accountable for his/her action or inaction.

Ayuba noted that the Nigeria Police Force under the leadership of IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, will not tolerate any form of unprofessional and corrupt practice.

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He urged members of the public to always report the unprofessional conduct of policemen, as the police are always there for the protection of all.

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