Three suspected members of a robbery gang that had been terrorising motorists and commuters at Mile-2, Lagos, have been arrested by members of the National Road Transport Workers, NURTW, operating on the platform of ECOMOG.
The suspects, according to the union’s chairman, Mile 2 branch, Ajele Abeyi, were arrested Friday night.
He said: “For a year now, activities of traffic robbers from Ijesha to Mile 2 have been alarming, as several persons plying the expressway had fallen victims.
“We decided to assist security agents to get these hoodlums, immediately we were brought into the committee charged with the responsibility of ensuring free flow of traffic along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
“The suspects were immediately handed over to the Police at Area E Command, Festac.”
One of the suspects, who identified himself as Ibrahim, said: “I joined the gang two months ago. I operated around PTMM (Mile 2) where tokunbo (imported used vehicles) are being cleared.
“We usually vandalised vehicles most times during traffic. It is usually done between the hours of 5p.m. and 7p.m. because that is when traffic is much between Ijesa and Mile 2.
These ones (pointing to the other suspects) usually bought the vehicle parts from me.
“I sell chromes vandalised from vehicles to them at cheaper rates. We are many that are into this business, but I was the only unfortunate, he lamented.