Six people, three female, one male and two children at the weekend escaped death by the whiskers following a false report made to the police that they were armed robbers.
It was gathered that the four adults, Sekinat Sanni, F; Wasiu Balogun, M; Bisola Balogun, F; and Rukayat Joseph F, and the two little children Sameer Balogun and Motunrayo Joseph of one and two year old respectively, all members of the same family were on a social outing when one woman, identified as Lauretta Ehon, informed a RRS patrol at about 5:30 pm that they were armed robbers and that they just snatched her Toyota Camry car 2012.
Following the report, the patrol team immediately embarked on a pursuit of the supposed fleeing robbers.
According to reports, due to the heavy traffic on the Ogudu-Ori-Oke road where the incident happened, one of the police officers attached to the patrol, Christian Onawona, alighted from the patrol Vehicle and mounted a motor bike to chase the supposed fleeing robbers.
It was gathered that in order to prevent the assumed robbers from escaping, the officer fired a warning shot which prompted the driver of the vehicle with registration number, EP 932 KRD to stop.
However, when the officer approached the car cautiously, he discovered that the occupants were three female, one male and two children.
On questioning the occupants, it turned out that the complainant nursed some animosity with the owner of the 2012 Camry car over a business transaction they entered into about six years ago.
It was gathered that Lauretta’s husband, Mr Ehon had contracted the owner of the Toyota car, Mr. Balogun, who worked in the same company in Apapa with him, to help him clear a Tokunbo car from oversea. However, the car was said to have gone into demurrage after the client (Mr Ehon) paid the clearing agent, Mr Balogun.
Both men were said to later settle the matter amicably, though Lauretta, who seemed unsatisfied was said to have sworn that she will collect the money from the clearing agent whenever she sets eyes on him.
It was gathered that Lauretta had also threatened to snuff life out of Mr. Balogun on the day of the incident. Although Mr. Balogun was not inside the car when the near tragedy that was saved by the professionalism and experience of the RRS happened, his family members were in the car.
One of the occupants of the car, Bisola Balogun, commended the RRS officer who pursued them for not misusing his firearm.
“In fact, I am still at shock. If it were to be another police officer, it is possible that he might shoot our car and anything could have happened. We thank God and appreciate the officer for applying uncommon wisdom in handling the matter”, she added.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Dolapo Badmos, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Lagos State Police Command confirmed the incident and commended the police officer for his show of experience and bravery in handling the issue. “If not for him, the entire event could have turned against the police,” she said.
She added that the woman who raised the false alarm has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, for prosecution.