On Thursday, the Lagos State Police Command announced the arrest of four alleged armed robbers and cultists, claiming that the policemen who made the arrest turned down a bribe of N500,000.
The arrest was confirmed in a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.
The suspects were apprehended by an anti-crime patrol team from Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, during a regular stop and search operation on September 4 at about 12.30 a.m., according to CSP Ajisebutu’s statement.
According to the police PPRO, one of the suspects, Timothy, 23 years old and a resident of No. 9, Baale Street, Majek, Ajah, was apprehended at the General Paint Garden area of Lekki.
During the operation, the alleged Cultists were found with one locally produced double barrel gun and two live ammunition, including a spent cartridge placed in a bag.
According to the spokesman, another suspect, simply known as Toheed, 22, was caught with a live cartridge at the General Paint ghetto area in Ajah at approximately 12.45 a.m. on September 4. He claimed to be a cultist with the Aye Confraternity.
Two more suspects were arrested, according to the image maker, for reportedly offering N500,000 in bribes to the police in exchange for the release of the two already arrested suspects.
While one 34-year-old Sunday, resident of 66, Henry Smith Close, Abidjan GRA, Ajah, offered N400,000 cash to secure the release of the first suspect (Timothy), one Akeem, 43 years old, offered the sum of N100, 000 cash to secure the second suspect (Toheed).
“Determined to ensure justice through thorough investigation, the uncompromising police officers in charge of the case rejected the bribe,” he said.
According to Ajisebutu, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, praised the officers’ professionalism and uncompromising actions, urging other officers to follow in their footsteps.
The CP has, however, directed that the case be transferred to the command’s Tactical Team for further investigations and prosecution,” he said