A police sergeant, identified as Yusuf Bello, and an accomplice, Idowu Badmus, have been detained by the Lagos police for allegedly snatching motorcycles and selling them in the Iyana Iba area of the state.
It was learnt that Sergeant Bello, who is attached to the Itire Police Division, was arrested on Monday by the Igando Police Division after a victim, identified as Aramide, reported that he was robbed of his motorcycle at Iyana School bus stop on the Lagos State University/Iyana Iba Road.
The police had recovered three stolen motorcycles from the sergeant and his accomplice, while the buyer and a motor mechanic had also been detained.
Aramide had reportedly identified his motorcycle among the three recovered by the police.
According to Punch, on Sunday around 1pm, the sergeant, who wore a black police T-shirt, and his accomplice, Badmus, who was in mufti, had accosted Aramide, at the Iyana School bus stop.
The suspects, who also came on a motorcycle, were said to have slapped Aramide, and ordered him to come down from the motorcycle. Badmus displayed a police ID card and a pair of handcuffs.
The two allegedly told Aramide that they were from the Iba Police Division, adding that they were taking his motorcycle into the police station.
When the innocent guy came down, one of the two suspects started the motorcycle and rode off, while the other followed him on the motorcycle they brought.
The suspects were said to have escaped with the motorcycles instead of riding it into the Iba Police Division, where they claimed to have come from.
Aramide was said to have reported the matter at the Iba and Igando police divisions, after which he boarded a motorcycle to trace the suspects.
Badmus was, however, arrested on Sunday on Makinde Close, Ile Epo bus stop on LASU-Iyana Iba Road, while allegedly returning from another operation.
A landlord on Makinde Close, who did not want his name in print, said it was residents who arrested Badmus, and handed him over to the police at Igando.
The arrest of Badmus led to the Police Sergeant’s arrest on Monday.
He said, “I was in front of my house around 4pm. I saw a man riding a motorcycle into our close being followed by another man on a motorcycle who was shouting, ‘help help, thief, thief.’ That got everyone’s attention.
“When we stopped both motorcycles, the man, who gave his name as Idowu (Badmus) showed us an ID card, saying he was a policeman from the Ikotun division. He said he seized the motorcycle from the man at Iyana Iba.
“So, I asked him how his jurisdiction got to Iyana Iba from Ikotun. We took all of them in a car to the Ikotun division. It was at Ikotun that he was discovered to be a fake policeman and the police arrested him and transferred him to Igando.
“When they interviewed him, he confessed to have snatched about three motorcycles and identified a police sergeant in Itire as his accomplice. That was how the sergeant was arrested on Monday. We heard that there are some fake policemen working with real policemen to perpetuate crimes on the LASU-Iyana Iba Road. The police should investigate them.”
A police . told Punch that the suspects tampered with the motorcycles they snatched before selling them. He said, “The suspects had removed the number plates and plastic covers of the recovered motorcycles. Badmus confessed that he usually worked with Bello, a sergeant in Itire division.”
Lagos deputy police PRO, DSP Damasus Ozoani, confirmed Badmus’ arrest. “The complaint was made against Badmus and three motorcycles were recovered from him. The suspect named a policeman as his accomplice. Investigation is ongoing.”