In a swift early morning operation today, the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) successfully apprehended two individuals who were caught red-handed stealing fabricated metal drainage covers in the affluent area of Ikate, Lekki.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., RRS patrol units, while conducting routine surveillance along Freedom Way, noticed suspicious activity involving a mini-bus, commonly referred to as “korope,” bearing the registration number KTU 45 YD. The occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Jubreel Haruna (29) and Adewale Rabiu (27), were seen loading the metal drainage covers into their vehicle.
The quick-thinking RRS operatives wasted no time in accosting the suspects, preventing them from making away with the valuable materials. The suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Following their arrest, both Jubreel Haruna and Adewale Rabiu were promptly charged and are now facing prosecution in accordance with the directives of Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi. The charges filed against the suspects underline the seriousness with which the authorities are treating this case of attempted theft.
Metal drainage covers, often targeted by thieves due to their scrap value, pose a significant safety risk when removed from their designated locations. Such thefts can lead to accidents and damage to public infrastructure, underscoring the importance of the RRS’s proactive efforts to curb this illegal activity.
Local residents and authorities have praised the Rapid Response Squad for their swift response and commitment to maintaining the security and integrity of the community. This incident serves as a reminder that law enforcement agencies remain vigilant in safeguarding public property and deterring criminal activity in the area.