Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Tuesday arrested two suspected abductors and rescued a female victim inside their car around Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos.
The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba stated that the two suspected abductors were arrested by a team of personnel from the Somolu zone while on traffic monitoring patrol around the Yaba axis.
He said, “Our officers on patrol and with the help from passersby chased and apprehended a Toyota Corolla saloon car (FST 60 RJ) after a lady in the back seat was heard shouting ‘kidnappers’ after the bridge coming towards Yaba from Jibowu”.
“The driver with the lady in the front seat Was immediately apprehended while the woman who cried out for help explained that immediately she joined the car from Maryland going to Apapa, a lady beside the driver collected her phone with other valuables. Realising that they were robbers, she had to shout to attract public attention”.
The arrested driver who gave his name as Mr. Monday Amhe confessed during interrogation that he and the arrested lady simply identified as ‘Joy’ were ‘one-chance’ robbers.
The arrested driver further stated that they usually operate by picking up passengers along Ikorodu road and robbing them of their valuables before discharging them at any location of their choice.
The alleged conspirator ‘Joy’ confirmed it was the driver (Monday Amhe) who introduced her to the business.
They were both handed over to Sabo Divisional Police Station by LASTMA Officers for further investigations and prosecution.
The General Manager, however, cautioned members of the public to be extra vigilant and careful when boarding unpainted private or commercial vehicles across the State.