Boperatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Task Force has arrested three persons for phone theft at Oshodi and impersonation of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, over the release of a forfeited unregistered Bajaj motorcycle.
SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman of the agency disclosed that the notorious criminal who specialises in dispossessing members of the public of their valuable items snatched a ‘Gionee P5’ phone from a lady who dropped from a commercial bus on Oshodi bridge.
According to the chairman, the agency’s enforcement team, who were alerted immediately after the incident, chased the criminal, recovered the phone and got him arrested.
Egbeyemi also revealed that an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle was impounded and subsequently charged to court for plying Mushin-Oshodi Expressway, which is one of the 475 restricted routes to motorcycles as contained in the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
He stated that Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi forfeited the motorcycle to government while the rider, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, was sentenced to a six-hour ‘Community Service’ after pleading ‘guilty’ to the one count charge levied against him.
Egbeyemi said it was after the rider completed the six hours ‘Community Service’ and was subsequently released by court officials that he went and engaged one Mr. Sadiku Alaraman, who claimed to know Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, to assist him and get his forfeited motorcycle released from government.
After an unsuccessful attempt to convince the Coordinator, Lagos State Mobile Court, Mr. Oluwafemi Alabi, through a phone call from someone who impersonated himself as the A.I.G Zone 2 from both Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Alaraman, they went to ‘Lagos State Motorcycle Dump Site’ at Ojota.
“Inspector Gambo Aich who is the officer in charge of the Lagos State Motorcycles Dump Site was also deceived by both Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Alaraman to have spoken on phone with same person who impersonated himself as the A.I.G Zone 2 and ordered him to release the forfeited motorcycle immediately but he insisted that they must get a clearance from the government”Inspector Gambo Aich, however, reported the matter and both men were arrested and taken before the A.I.G, who denied knowing them.