Operatives of Lagos State Police Command have arrested Monday Ubi for allegedly robbing a passenger in traffic.
Ubi, described as a “traffic robbery kingpin” was arrested at Mile 2 by the Response Squad (RRS) following the victim, Orji Ogbonnaya’s distress call.
Ubi was said to have removed N28,000 from Ogbonnaya’s pocket inside a Festac Town-bound bus.
Ogbonnaya told the police that Ubi, who sat beside him, stylishly removed the money.
Ogbonnaya said: “I boarded a bus to Mile 2 from Oshodi. On getting to Toyota, the suspect came in because there were still spaces in the bus.
I didn’t have an inkling that he had a mission. I adjusted a bit from him and he also did making him closer to me.
When I noticed that he had removed the money from my pocket after I touched my thigh, I pretended as if nothing had happened. Then I started looking if I could see any police patrol vehicle.
“When we reached Mile 2, he wanted to alight from the bus but I held his trousers. As we alighted from the bus, I called the attention of the RRS patrol team I saw around.
“Unknown to me, he had passed the money to one of his gang members. But when the police surrounded us, a man dropped the money on the road and ran away.
It was when the suspect was being taken to the police headquarters that he confessed stealing my money and passing it to his partner.”
Ogbonnaya thanked the policemen for helping him to recover his money.
The suspect, who lives at Olutimeyin Street, Ayobo-Ipaja, said he is a member of the syndicate operating in Mile 2, Ajegunle and environs.
“I used to sell second-hand clothes at Kantangwa market along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
One of my customers introduced me to robbery. He taught me how to pick pockets without people’s knowledge.
I intentionally sat beside him in the bus because we know our victims. This is not my first time.
I have been in this profession for almost two years. I want the government to forgive me now that I know there is no gain in stealing,” Ubi said.
RRS Commander Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said the squad was committed to free Lagos from any criminal acts.