21 April 2005

Nigeria: Alleged Robber Kills Self in Police Custody

Lagos — A BIZARRE drama played itself out yesterday at the Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos after an armed robbery suspect, who was shot and wounded in the stomach by the police during exchange of fire power, suddenly pulled out his intestines, cut them into halves with his teeth and dropped dead.

The suspect identified as Adekunle, alias Anini, was to be paraded alongside other suspects before pressmen, but suddenly broke into a loud cry and muttered, "let me kuku die before them kill me."

The development temporarily stalled activities as baffled officers drifted quickly from the heartless armed robber, but reconvened immediately to evacuate his lifeless body to pave way for the press briefing proper.

Addressing pressmen, the state's Commissioner of Police, Mr.Ade Ajakaiye, said the arrest of the suspects, including the one that killed himself, followed a tip-off that a gang of armed men numbering about 20 were operating at Isolo Industrial Estate.

"What we did was to detail police detectives from Criminal Investigation Bureau CIB, who laid ambush to cordon off the area, waiting for the armed robbers. At about 0300hrs of April 20, 2005, the robbers arrived and went into action.

"While they were neck- deep into the operation, policemen swooped on them, which led to fierce exchange of gunshots. In the process 10 of them were arrested, while others escaped into a nearby canal with bullet wounds. A Mercedes Benz truck with registration number XC 849 EPE loaded with 236 brand new tyres valued N1.652,000.00 as well as their operational vehicle, a Puegeot 504 Saloon car with registration number DZ 876 EKY were recovered. Other items recovered from the hoodlums include N449.300.00k, five GSM handsets of different makes and three damaged padlocks," he said.

In another development, the police yesterday paraded two suspected ritualists, who attempted to lure an unnamed Air Captain into buying vital human parts. The suspects were reported to have approached the Captain for a deposit of N.5m for the supply of the parts.

Surprised at the business proposals, the Captain was said to have quickly telephoned the police which promptly arrived his house and arrested the suspect dealers on human parts. However, the police later revealed that investigations into the deal showed that the suspects wanted to dup the Captain with the proposals if he had yielded their demands.

The police boss then used the opportunity to appeal to members of the public including traditional and orthodox medical practitioners to promptly report cases of ritualists to the police with a view to track them in their hideouts.

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