The police in Lagos have arrested two suspected members of a syndicate for allegedly hypnotising and stealing N120,000 from a food vendor, identified as Rukayat Aderinwale.
The suspects – Fausat Tijani and Sunday Atanda – were arrested by men of the Rapid Response Squad on Saturday in the Oshodi area of Lagos.
According to a statement by the RRS, the suspects, who were arrested in Oshodi, were taking their victim to an unknown location when she regained consciousness and called for help.
The police said, “The syndicate was arrested after a failed bid to swindle a food vendor out of N120,000 and dispossess her of her jewellery in Oshodi.
“The victim was accosted and hypnotised by the five gang members and dispossessed her of a purse containing N120,000, and a mobile phone.
“They were taking her away when the lady regained consciousness and called out to RRS officers stationed nearby.
“The officers arrested Sunday Atanda, and Fausat Tijani, a 58-year-old pure water seller in Akala, Mushin, while three other members of the syndicate escaped.”
Atanda was said to have identified other members of the gang as one Kayode, Shina and Lateef.
The suspect, who claimed to have joined the gang in order to make a living, allegedly told the police that the group wanted to dispossess the mother of three of all valuables when they were arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said investigations were ongoing into the case, adding that the police were on the trail of other members of the syndicates.