Four notorious shoplifters rescued: Police operatives attached to Surulere Division have rescued four suspects from being lynched by irate mob in Surulere area of Lagos.
The suspects identified as Babatunde Ogunsemi aged 48, Olatunde Ayinde aged 50, Oludare Olusegun aged 49 and Sunday Ebifega aged 41 were almost killed on Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting at a supermarket in Surulere.
The suspects who are members of a syndicate met their Waterloo while attempting to steal some items after they entered the supermarket.
The four suspects had previously been captured on CCTV shoplifting six bottles of Martell Blue swift cognac from the same supermarket on September 1st 2022.
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NigeriaCrime.com learned that one of the suspects Sunday Ebifega had previously been arrested and charged to court in 2021 for shoplifting.
The suspects were rescued and thereafter arrested following the swift deployment of officers after receipt of a distress call from members of the community about the mob action.
Confirming their rescue and subsequent, arrest, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, Police Public Relations Officer said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were once captured on CCTV on 01/09/2022 shoplifting six bottles of Martell Blue swift cognac from the same supermarket.
One of the suspects, Sunday, had been previously charged to court in 2021 for shoplifting.
“Suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of the investigation,” Hundeyin added
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, commends residents of Lagos State for always promptly alerting the authorities to suspicious persons/happenings and sternly members of the public to desist from jungle justice as it is a crime in itself.
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