A dismissed Private Airforce personnel has been arrested by in Lagos State by men of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, as the leader of a “one chance” robbery gang.
The 50 years old suspect, Matthew Tokeme, was arrested on Tuesday with his Sienna car which he uses for his operation.
According to a statement from RRS, Tokeme with his four other gang members operated in Ojodu to CMS route, Abule to CMS, Iyana – Ipaja to Ikeja routes between 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM, targeting mostly women as passengers. The suspect whose other gang members operated with nicknames – Papa, Brown, Oyeewo, and Segun, maintained a closely-knit gang.
Tokeme, who is the owner of the Sienna vehicle with registration number APP488FH, told the police that the blue Sienna was sent to him by his friend based in Germany.
“The gang after taking their victims dispossessed them of their valuables before dropping them in desolate locations early in the morning” the statement read in part
One of the victims (name withheld) informed the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, DCP Olatunji Disu about the activities of the gang before he ordered RRS Decoy to go after the one chance gang. The victim revealed that the gang dropped her in Billings Way, Ikeja at dawn after dispossessing her of an HP laptop, hard drive and money.
When interrogated, the suspect confessed to the crime.
“My friend, who is based in Germany, bought the car for me to be using for commercial purposes. He bought the car for me because he realized that my business was not going on well. But I started using the car for ‘one chance’ and was operating between Abule-Egba and Ijaiye from 5:00 a.m to 6:00 a.m” he said