Armed robbers attack students’ hostel in Lagos

A three-man armed robbery gang on Sunday stormed a student hostel, Dean’s Court on Moore road in the Yaba area of Lagos State.

According to report, the robbers who had traced a student who just returned from Malaysia, identified as Cynthia had come in a red Toyota Sienna.

The robbers then used the opportunity to rob students in the hostel after they were through with their victim.

However, they were challenged by a security guard while trying to leave the premises.

The security guard was stabbed in the chest but was able to hold down one of them while the two others escaped.

The arrested suspect identified as 36-year-old Olawale Adesola has been handed over to the Sabo Police Division.

A witness, John Aremu said, “They were three men and they came in a red Toyota Sienna. They attacked Dean’s Court, a hostel used by students of tertiary institutions in the neighbourhood. The robbers raided their rooms, stealing laptops, phones and money.

“They were leaving the place when the security man challenged them and there was a struggle. I think they didn’t want to create a scene, because they didn’t shoot.

“They stabbed him in the chest with a knife and the man raised the alarm. Two of the robbers fled, but the guard held the third suspect and ensured that he didn’t escape until a mob gathered and beat him up. The police patrol team also arrived on time and arrested the suspect.”

The witness also gave details of the arrested suspect’s confessions.

“He said the girl’s name was Cynthia and she had just arrived from Malaysia after a successful deal. He claimed that the said Cynthia did not make the necessary settlements and that was why they were asked to rob her.

“He added that their operational vehicle belonged to his wife, who is a businesswoman. He said they all came from the Ota area of Ogun State,” Aremu added.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.

She said, “About 7.30am, our operatives received a distress call that some armed robbers were operating on Moore Road, Yaba. A team of anti-crime patrol attached to the Sabo division proceeded to the scene. Some occupants of the place were robbed of their laptops, phones and money.

“One of the suspects was arrested with a locally-made double-barrelled gun and a knife, while some exhibits were recovered, including an ID card. The security man on duty was stabbed in the chest and was rushed to a hospital where he is receiving treatment.”


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