Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested an Alsatian dog named Bullet, for alleged robbery in the Ladipo, Oshodi area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, during a parade of the dog at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday, said two other robbery suspects, Odunade Olajide and Adeniyi Adisa, sent the dog after their victims.
He explained that in fear, their targets would surrender their belongings.
The CP said after dispossessing the victims of cash and other valuables, the suspects would speed away with the dog on a motorcycle.
He said the men, however, met their Waterloo while attempting to rob a lady of her valuables in Ladipo, as the victim raised the alarm and the suspects were apprehended by the police.
Imohimi noted that their operational motorcycle was also recovered.
He said, “On September 5, 2017, two local criminals, who specialised in robbing people by sending a dog to attack them, were arrested. The suspects would command the Alsatian dog to attack a victim. The dog, in response to the command, would pounce on the person. Gripped with fear, the person would hand over all his belonging to the gang.”
The CP explained that detectives had been on the trail of the suspects, but luck ran out on them last Thursday when they were arrested.
But the suspects denied the allegations, saying they had only gone to buy dog feed when the woman raised a false alarm.
Olajide said the woman eventually found her phone where she kept it, adding that by then it was late as SARS operatives had arrested them.