The Police Lagos State Command have arrested two dismissed soldiers Moses Johnson 25 (a dismissed soldier), Akintola Abiodun 25 (dismissed Airforce personnel and three others who allegedly diverted trucks loaded with goods worth N13m.
Others suspects arrested with the two military personnel are Monday Ayele 42, Esowanne Emeka 30, Moses Johnson 25 and Osegbu Chidi 30.
The State’s Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi said the suspects are specialists in diverting trucks on the highways and luck ran out of them when they attempted to divert a Kano State-bound truck laden with groundnut oil.
Edgal said the activities of the gang came to an end when operatives of the command arrested them on Sunday, September 2.
He said “On the aforementioned date, at about 8 pm, a Sterling truck with registration number LSR-266-XW, laden with groundnut oil valued at N13,250.000.00 was hijacked by a five-man gang of highway robbers at Epe expressway.
“ They stopped the Kano State-bound truck close to Ijebu Ode and pushed the conductor and the driver out of the vehicle. However, as the duo were trekking towards Epe-Lagos, they came across a policeman and narrated their ordeal to him.
“The policeman immediately contacted some of the police stations along the route taken by the robbers and at about 11:30 pm same day, policemen on stop and search duty, saw the truck coming and intercepted it. In the process, one Monday Ayele aged 42 years and Esowanne Emeka aged 30 years were arrested.
“During interrogation, they mentioned the following persons as part of the people that hijacked the truck, Viz:- 13NA/69/8811 Lance Cpl Moses Johnson age 25 years (a dismissed soldier),
13NAF/89/8811/ Lance Cpl Akintola Abiodun age 25 years (Dismissed Airforce personnel),