Two Fulani herdsmen – Mohammed Umar and Manu Hassan, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly robbing motorists on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The suspects, who were herdsmen from the Ngaski area of Kebbi State, were arrested by soldiers attached to the OP MESA while they were robbing some people.
They were later handed over to the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
According to a PUNCH Metro report, three locally-made rifles and some cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
Apart from the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the police alleged that the gang of Fulani herdsmen also had hideouts in the Abbatoir, Abule Egba and Agege areas of Lagos where they perpetrate their evil acts.
It was learnt that while the soldiers apprehended Umar and Hassan, four other members of the gang escaped and are now at large. The police further said the suspected robbers also had hideouts in the Igbo Ora and Saki areas of Oyo State.
Confessing to the crime, 28-year-old Umar said he had come to Kara Market on the expressway to make a living by selling cows before he joined the gang.
He said, “I am married with two children, and my family is based in Kebbi. I was formerly selling cows at the Kara Market before I was introduced to the gang. I rob on the highway and also steal cows, although I don’t enjoy it. I have stolen about 12 cows this year.
“I sold them to one Alhaji Dan Manu in Abbatoir, Agege. I sold six to him for N500,000. I don’t have problem taking the cows away. I know their language”, he added.
Twenty-two-year-old Hassan, from Bonza area of Kebbi State, said the gang had just started their operation when they were busted by OP MESA.
He said, “It was Mohammed (Umar) who said they had a work to do that night and I should come with them. I thought he was talking about construction labour. But when I knew we were going to rob on the expressway, I told them I could not use a gun. They threatened to kill me, and then handed me one of their guns.
“We had hardly started the operation when the soldiers arrived at the scene. Others ran away, but I was caught. We were seven in number. The soldiers might have killed me, but I surrendered to them, explaining that it was my first time”.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, who confirmed the arrest of the herdsmen said, “They are the ones terrorising the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, especially around the Kara Market. They have confessed to several other robberies. Three locally-made guns and knives were recovered from them”.