Police arrest robbery kingpin on wanted list in Lagos


The Lagos State Police command has arrested a notorious armed robber, Taiwo Gbolahan aka Scammer who had been on the wanted list of the police in the state.

Gbolahan, suspected to be a member of the gang that attacked and killed a police sergeant earlier in the year at Akala-Mushin, a suburb of Lagos, was arrested on Tuesday during an operation to rid the area of drug Lords and armed bandits at Akala by the operatives of the command, led by Area Commander in charge of Area D Command, Mushin, ACP Akinbayo Olasoji.

Following a tip off from a well-meaning citizen to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, that the gangster was seen in the ghettos of Akala, the CP directed the Area Commander to personally lead an operation for the arrest of the kingpin who had been terrorizing the metropolis for some time.

The raid carried out in the ghetto hideout led to the arrest of the said Taiwo Gbolahan aka Scammer.

He was searched immediately and a handset and numerous SIM cards were recovered from him.

Investigation into the source of the handset revealed the owner as Memunat Opeyemi Zerbo, female, of Orile Iganmu.

She was invited to the police station where she identified Taiwo as part of a three man gang of armed robbers that robbed her valuables, same day, at about 0517hrs.

She narrated how the gang, armed with guns, cutlass and dagger, robbed her of her handset and SIM card which they configured and without her authorization, transferred the sum of one hundred and seventy thousand Naira (N170, 000.00) from her account.

The suspect who didn’t deny committing the crime is presently helping the police in its effort to arresting other members of the gang at large.

Speaking on the arrest, the Commissioner of Police thanked Lagosians for information flow to the command and enjoined those sitting on the fence to key into the Community policing philosophy of Force to ensure a safer and more secured Lagos.

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