A suspected robber, Olayinka Ogundamiro, who allegedly disguised as a mentally derailed person, has been apprehended by the police.
Ogundamiro, 25, was arrested on Monday at Anifowoshe, Ikeja Along, Lagos State, with two bags containing a Tecno phone, a PoS terminal, tokens, a toy gun, a bunch of keys, a live tortoise and a laptop charger, among others.
PUNCH Metro learnt that residents of the area became suspicious of Ogundamiro’s movements around the neighborhood and alerted the police at the MAN Centre division.
He reportedly threw away a SIM card found on him as some policemen approached the area to arrest him.
Ogundamiro was paraded on Tuesday at the state police command headquarters in Ikeja by the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.
A policeman from the station, who was at the parade, said several calls had come into the suspect’s Techno phone, saying he was merely pretending to be mad. In an interview with pressmen, Ogundamiro gave his personal details and insisted that he was not insane.
The following conversation ensued:
Press: What is your name?
Suspect: Olayinka Ogundamiro.
Press: How old are you?
Press: Are you a mad man?
Press: Where did you come from?
Suspect: Ekiti State, Nigeria.
Press: Where do you live?
Suspect: I live at 24 Ayuba, Ajao Estate, Lagos State.
He, however, spoke incoherently afterwards.
The CP, Imohimi, said operatives swooped on Ogundamiro after closely observing him, adding that his display of lunacy was concocted.
He said, “A suspected robber who disguised around town as a mad man was caught on Monday aroud 3pm. When he was arrested and searched, the following items were recovered from him: a toy pistol, a PoS terminal, three tokens belonging to First Bank and Zenith Bank, two ID cards, a bunch of keys, a live tortoise, a Tecno phone, bangles, chains, a laptop charger and wristwatches. “He could not give a satisfactory account of himself and why he had all the items in his possession. Investigation is ongoing and he will be charged to court.”