Six arrested as Lagos police battle hotel robbers

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The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of six suspects who allegedly participated in an attack on the Mambillah Hotel at Owutu, in the Ikorodu area of the state.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the suspects, on May 11, robbed lodgers and workers and shot a security guard to death.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday, said the seventh suspect, one Taye, died during an exchange of gunfire with the police.

He said the arrest of the suspects followed discreet investigation ordered and monitored by the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.


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“The suspects, who were traced to their hideout at Oju-Irin Abattoir, Lagos State, where they were eventually arrested, included Lekan Adeoye, 19; Ojo Akeredolu, 29; Quadri Balogun, 23; Ahmed Oke, 24; John Toluwalashe, 23; and Azeez Akinpelu, 20,” he added.

Hundeyin said items recovered from the suspects were two locally-made pistols with 11 live cartridges.

He said, “It will be recalled that the armed gang invaded Mambillah Hotel, robbing guests of their valuables and shooting dead the hotel security guard in a bid to escape after the police arrived at the scene.

“The earlier arrested supervisor and other staff of the hotel have since been released after further investigations cleared them of any culpability. Suspects are to be arraigned in court as the investigation is currently being wound up.”

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