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16 Oct 2017

Police Sergeant And Retired ASP Arrested For Robbery In Lagos Hotel(Photo)

A police sergeant serving at
the Oworo Police Division,
Lagos State, Yakubu Aiyegba,
and a retired Assistant
Superintendent of Police,
Obosa Augustine, have been arrested for alleged robbery.


According to Punch, the two
were apprehended along with a taxi driver, Godwin George, by
operatives from the Shasha Police Station.

Aiyegba and Augustine were notorious for raiding a hotel in Egbeda and
extorting money from guests
in the facility.

They reportedly paraded
themselves as operatives of
the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad, Lagos State Command.

They were said to have
forcefully collected a sum of N50,000 and a laptop from an unnamed
guest a few weeks ago and fled the area in a taxi driven by George. It
was gathered that three
suspects, led by the retired
ASP, went back to the facility
– Ehis Hotel – on Wednesday
on another extortionate raid.
They were allegedly in the middle of the act when
operatives from the Shasha
division, who acted on a tip-
off, stormed the hotel and
picked them up.


The suspects were
subsequently transferred to
SARS in Ikeja. A police source revealed that
the command had been
monitoring Augustine and
Aiyegba for some time after
receiving complaints from the hotel.

He said, "There have been a
series of complaints about
SARS operatives extorting
money from members of the
public. We found out that on
many occasions, the people impersonated SARS men. "On Wednesday, there was a
similar case. Augustine and
Aiyegba went to Ehis Hotel to
rob guests, parading
themselves as SARS
operatives. They usually go to that hotel on illegal
operations.

"Three weeks ago, they
collected N50,000 and a
laptop from a guest. That
Wednesday, they were going from one hotel room to
another to disturb the guests
when the police were
alerted." Speaking to Punch, Aiyegba, a 39-year-old Kogi State
indigene, said they did not go to the hotel to rob. He said they were
friends to the hotel
manager, one Kingsley, who normally gave them money. He said, "Two weeks ago, we
visited Kingsley at the hotel
and saw some people
smoking on the premises. We
threatened to arrest them,
but they begged us. Because of our friend, Kingsley, we left them.

"At times when we visit
Kingsley, he would give us
N1,000 to buy cola nuts. We
don't normally disturb him. On Wednesday, Supol (Augustine)
told me that Kingsley called him that we should come. "On getting there, we met
some boys smoking. When
they sighted us, they called
their friends to fight us.
Policemen from Shasha
division later came to arrest us." The 52-year-old retired
officer, who hails from Edo
State, said he went to the
hotel because of the good
rapport he had with Kingsley
before he retired from the force.

"I have four children and a
wife. I retired this year while
at the Idimu Police Division.
The manager always gives me
money. He called me on
Wednesday to come and collect money. "As we got there, somebody
said we collected N50,000 and a laptop from him three
weeks ago, which is just an
allegation. We didn't rob
anybody. We did not impersonate SARS," he added. George, the taxi driver, stated
that he was not involved in
the alleged robbery, adding
that he stayed outside the
hotel. He said, "I know Aiyegba as a
policeman and he introduced
me to Mr. Augustine. I have
taken them to the hotel
thrice.

They would give me a
drink and ask me to stay outside. "After meeting with the manager,
they would fuel my car or give me N1,500." The Lagos State Police
Public
Relations Officer, ASP
Olarinde Famous-Cole,
confirmed the arrest, adding
that investigations were
ongoing

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