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Suspected robber leaves severed arm behind to escape arrest

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A suspected armed robber at the weekend had his wrist chopped off while evading arrest at Ijora Badia area of Lagos, even as policemen attached to Badia division arrested five of the suspect’s alleged accomplices at Ajeromi Primary School, where they were hiding after attacking their operation.

Those arrested included Jamiu Dauda, 22, (a.k.a Fogo), Adebayo Monday, 24, (alias white), Obinna Vincent Okafor, 23, ( a.k.a Omo-adugbo), Lucky Olanayo, 20, and Henry Akpan, 22.

It was gathered that various charms and the severed wrist were recovered by detectives in the operation excetuted around  8pm on Thursday.

Unfortunately for the wanted suspect, some of the victims who were fleeced of their cash, mobile phones and other valuables, severed his wrist while he struggle to avoid being lynched.

The source said: “We received a distress call around 7:30pm on Thursday that people were seen running as some boys numbering over 20 with dangerous weapons were attacking people.

“Immediately we mobilised and went after them. They succeeded in robbing some Hausa people before we got to the scene.

“We saw one Mohammed Sanni, a trader who deals in electronics. He told us that the hoodlums came in a commando style and attacked them with dangerous weapons and in the process, they robbed them of about 20 handsets, various sums of money and other valuables.

“He also told us the direction in which they went, which made us to go after them and in the process, five of the suspected armed robbers led by Jamiu Dauda, a notorious and wanted suspect, were arrested.

“Unfortunately, one of the suspects was captured by the mob, beaten mercilessly and his left hand severed as he managed to escape from the scene before the arrival of the police.

“The severed was brought to the station and other suspects identified it as that of their member by name Sodeeq (alias Sogbe).”