A 38-year-old suspected armed robber has been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.
The suspect was arrested at the scene of the crime in Benin city.
The suspect, Monday David, belong to an alleged three-person armed robbery gang terrorising Ikpoba Hill and environs in Benin city.
They specialise in attacking and robbing Point of sales outlets (POS) in Benin city.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe gathered that the suspect and two others now at large had used an Audi 80 car to allegedly robbed several Point of sales outlets in Ikpoba Hill and environs.
David had allegedly approached an operator of a POS shop at the Benin Bypass and pretended to be a genuine customer.
SG gathered that he requested to withdraw the sum of N200,000 from the operator.
During the purported transaction, David signalled his cohorts which were on standby to strike.
The suspects robbed the operator and carted away her phones.
But some residents who witnessed the robbery operation raised the alarm, attracting some members of the vigilantes who were closed by who gave them a hot pursuit.
David was apprehended by his gang members escaped.
Speaking with Standard Gazette in shackles, David said, “I am a cabman. My sister bought the Audi 80 car for me.
“Two of my friends that escaped are my customers.
They asked me to go with them to ikpoba Hill in Benin for armed robbery. I never knew they will catch me.
“I really don’t know the area so well and that was why I was not able to escape. I am from Benin here. I have brought disgrace to my friends and family”.
Edo State Police Public Relations officer SP Bello Kontongs said the police has mapped out a strategy to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.
According to him, “This suspect will be charged to court for armed robbery”.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.