The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday paraded four suspected armed robbers, including a pastor, whose gang specializes in attacking banks.
While parading the suspects,the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Umar Manko displayed some of the weapons recovered from the suspects including 12 AK-47 rifles, two K2 rifles, 30 fully loaded AK-47 magazines and a pump action rifle. The items recovered also included one police Walkie-Talkie, one hammer, one iron cutter, eight gas
cylinders and an ATM card destroyed by the suspects during the operation.
The CP disclosed that 3 members of the gang were killed in gun battles with the police in some of their operations.
Mr Manko stated that the gang attacked the Access Bank Branch at Ayobo in Lagos on November 16, 2013, killing three police officers attached to the Ayobo Divisional Police Office and carting away their rifles.
The commissioner said the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had an encounter with the gang on November 20, 2013 at Ilasamaja, where two members of the gang were “fatally wounded” and arms were recovered.
Manko also said “diligent investigation and deployment of advanced technology-driven investigation by SARS led to the arrest of four king-pins.
On February 2, SARS got information about the secret house rented by one of the killed suspects.
Immediately the house was traced at Alimosho area and searched. Seven AK-47 rifles, two K2 rifles and one pump action gun were found concealed in a plastic drum in the kitchen of the suspect.
All the suspects arrested have confessed to the Ayobo Access Bank robbery.” The CP said “they also confessed to have been involved in First
Bank, Idimu ATM robbery; Zenith Bank, Malu Road, Ajegunle, robbery; Diamond Bank at Pen Cinema, among others.”