Terror Syndicate Targeting Doctors in Lagos Arrested

Chiemelie Ezeobi

Two women who are part of a terror syndicate who specialises in threatening and extorting with special focus on medical doctors in Lagos, have been arrested by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

Led by the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, the operatives tracked down the syndicate and were able to arrest two of them, and they have contacted the International Police (Interpol) to help repatriate the other gang members who fled to Togo.

One of the affected medical doctors (name withheld), operating at Idimu, had contacted THISDAY last month in fear, pleading for Police protection.

When this reporter contacted the RRS commander, he admitted that they had already received several complaints from medical doctors and that they were working on cracking the syndicate.

The arrested persons, Rita Ojobo and Mrs. Emmanuella Ossai, both sisters, along with other gang members, were fond of contacting Nigerian doctors on telephone demanding that they remit certain amounts of money into account numbers or risk being kidnapped or murdered.

It was gathered that 30-year-old Ojobo was arrested at Diamond Bank in Onitsha after she went to withdraw some money paid in by one of the victims.

But the two sisters denied knowledge of the crime insisting that their older brother, Kenechi Ojobo, a resident in Togo, who sent their account to the creditors to pay in money, is to blame.

They claimed that their brother, a motorcycle parts merchant in Togo, told them that he usually gave relatives of the creditors the CFA (Francs) equivalent of the money paid in.

Ojobo who was the first to be arrested said she was invited by her bank that there was an issue with her account, adding that she quickly rushed to the bank only to be arrested.

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