A 28-year-old man, identified as Michael Desmond, has been apprehended by men of the Lagos Police Command for allegedly trying to extort a stranded motorist on Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Central Business District, Ikeja, whose vehicle had broken down.
Desmond’s alleged offense was brought to the open via the X account of the Lagos State Police Command on Monday.
Sharing a picture of the suspect the command said, “Around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives in response to a distress call rescued a motorist (name withheld) who was held hostage by two miscreants bent on extorting him after his vehicle broke down on Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Central Business District, Ikeja.
“One of the suspects, Michael Desmond, 28, who brazenly insisted he was entitled to what the miscreants popularly call “Owo Omo Taku” was promptly apprehended while his accomplice fled.
“The operatives ensured the vehicle was towed away from the scene. The arrested suspect will be charged to court”
In a separate news, a fire outbreak in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, destroyed property worth millions of naira on Monday, leaving over 120 persons homeless.
The first disaster occurred at about 11:08am, according to the spokesman of the state fire service, Hassan Adekunle, in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.
He said the Kwara State Fire Service responded to a fire outbreak at Megida Onikanhun Compound, Edun Isale, Ilorin South Local Government Area of the state.
His words, “The firefighters, upon arrival, found the entire compound and Edun Market engulfed in flames due to a late call. To enhance firefighting efforts, part of the fence was dismantled for better access.
“At 11:22am, a message was sent to the brigade headquarters for additional manpower, and the proficient firefighters successfully brought the situation under control within an hour before completely extinguishing the fire.
“Investigation revealed that an unknown person had set refuse on fire, initially mistaken for harmless smoke. Unfortunately, it spread to the nearby compound.”