Officers attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have forced four robbers to abandon a hijacked commercial bus, a gun and six passengers whom they had held hostage while in transit.
The four robbers who boarded the bus heading to LASU – Iba route from Iyana Ipaja hijacked the bus immediately one of the passengers alighted at Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos on Thursday.
The bus driver who gave his name as Sherrif Dada said the incident happened around 11: pm on Thursday, after a chartered trip to Sango.
“My conductor and I went to our usual route at Egbeda to make some more money before the closing for the day. We saw lots of passengers at Egbeda Bus Stop who were heading to Igando. We picked the passengers and we dropped the first passenger at Diamond Estate Bus Stop. When we left the Bus Stop, one of the passengers, four guys in their 20s brought out a gun and told me to stop.
“After pinning the gun to my head, other robbers began to ransack the passengers particularly, a lady carrying a handbag and her Infinix Note 4 android phone. The robbers began to scuffle with the lady to dispossess her of her belongings but the lady refused to surrender her bag.
“It wasn’t quite long my conductor escaped, they threw me down on motion on seeing an RRS patrol vehicle chasing us.”
The conductor, Hakeem Hassan, said he was held down at gunpoint while attempting to jump off the speeding bus.
“Unfortunately for them I managed to escape from the bus after the driver slowed down. I ran for my dear life. They threatened to shoot me but I defied all their threat to stop me from calling attention of those around the area.
“Immediately I manage to jump from the bus, I ran backward screaming for help and also hearing the robber telling me to stop that he was going to shoot me but I continued running until I ran into a filling station.
“It wasn’t quite long I had been screaming for help when I saw an RRS patrol vehicle speeding towards me. I guessed other road users who saw me had told them.
According to one of the commuters, the chase by RRS unsettled the robbers, adding that they instantly stopped collecting their valuables and started thinking of how to escape.
The commuter said,
“We passed Igando General Hospital, they drove the danfo into a bush and escaped.”
Recovered from the bus were a locally made gun and an android mobile phone, which they collected from one of the passengers.
Both the bus and the mobile phone were handed over to their owners at the RRS Headquaters in Alausa.
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