A member of a three-man okada robbery syndicate, Goodness Allison, has confessed that members of his gang usually disguise as policemen and military officers in order to rob motorcyclists of their motorcycles popularly called “okada”, which they later sell.
The suspect was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), who were on a routine patrol around Ikotun, Ijegun, Ejigbo and neighbouring communities.
Allison, 31, from Idda Local Government, Kogi State stated that the syndicate which also had Wilson and Aboki, as members, had snatched over seven motorcycles from riders in Ejigbo, Ikotun, Bucknor, which were later re-sold. He disclosed that they operate from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. “We normally meet at Isheri Junction but the last operation, Wilson told me to meet him at Bucknor. Wilson dresses like soldier. He wears military polo, long sleeves with camouflage trousers and black shoes. Aboki wears black pullover with black trousers and shoes.” He added that “I was co-opted into the team two weeks ago. Wilson and Aboki ‘arrested’ me at Bucknor on that fateful day at about 9:48 p.m. They said I took restricted road. I pleaded with them to let me go but they told me that I was going to take them somewhere. I took them to Ejigbo, where a boy was arrested. I helped them to arrest the Hausa boy and we took his okada.” Alison claimed that “I don’t know what they did with the okada but the following day, they called me and offered me N10,000. Since I have joined them two weeks ago, we have collected more than seven okadas. We pretend as policemen and seize motorcycles from riders. Some we negotiate and collect money but mostly we collect the motorcycles, especially if it is new. “We were on operation to seize another motorcycle when I was arrested by the police. As the duo of Wilson and Aboki alighted from my okada, they walked a few distance and I noticed they have been mobbed. I have taken RRS detectives to the residence of Wilson and Aboki because they live together, unfortunately, we didn’t meet them at home. How I wish, we had gotten them to corroborate my statement,” the suspect said.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to Lagos Metro and added that efforts were on to arrest the other members of his gang.