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POLICE FOILS ROBBERY ATTEMPT BY ‘ONE MILLION BOYS’ IN EGBEDA

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POLICE FOILS ROBBERY ATTEMPT BY ‘ONE MILLION BOYS’ IN EGBEDA

Dedeigbo Ayodeji

The attempt to rob residents of Olugbede ,Alhaji Oguunshola ,Orelope,Karimulaka in Egbeda area of Lagos by a suspected gang known to be ‘One Million Boys’ was foiled by the Police operatives led by a female DPO on Saturday.

BlackBox Nigeria gathered that Police operatives from Idimu Division under Area M Command, Lagos, led by a female DPO, CSP Adaora Dimaka, engaged the suspected gang in a fierce battle and arrested 9 of the suspects during the attempted operations in the area.

According to the residents, the bandits informed them through a letter reportedly pasted on the walls that they were coming that day. The Police were duly informed and mobilized to the area. Unknown to the bandits that the Police and the residents were ready for them, about 20 members of the gang invaded Olugbade ,Orelope,Karimulaka, Alhaji Ogunshola streets in Egbeda area of Lagos at about 2pm and started robbing people of their valuables claiming to be ‘One Million Boys’.

However, the group suffered terribly after the DPO, Dimaka, received information and immediately led her officers to the scene. The operatives dislodged the gang and arrested some suspects while others escaped and are now at large.

The operation carried out by the Police caused wild jubilation in the area which attracted the attention of Blackbox Nigeria correspondent, who then visited the area and confirmed the arrest.The identities of the suspects arrested were yet to be disclosed by the Police because of the sensitive nature of the incident and other suspects now at large.

One of the victims attacked by the One Million Boys during their operation

The suspects were detained at Idimu Division and were said to be undergoing interrogation following substances suspected to be Indian hemp recovered as exhibits from them.

When Blackbox Nigeria visited Idimu Division, the DPO, Adaora Dimaka, was said to have led a Police team for monitoring in the area.

Police sources at the Station confirmed the arrest and said that the suspects will be transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, SCIID Panti, Yaba, Lagos, for further investigation.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier warned that there is no space for criminal elements to operate in Lagos and had directed both the Area Commands and DPOs to fish out any criminal element in their area and ensure protection of lives and property despite the lockdown over the Coronavirus pandemic.

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