Segun Viho, according to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), fought with the three suspected robbers when they beat up his wife.
One of the suspects, Wasiu Bashir, 22, was arrested through Viho’s bravery. Others fled.
A statement yesterday by RRS said the suspects waylaid Viho at the car park, snatched his documents, phones and N15,000 at gun point before leading him to his flat.
Two of them was said to have threatened to kill Viho in the presence of his children and wife on entering his flat last Tuesday.
Bashir smashed Viho’s head with gun butt and beat up the wife when the family resisted them.
RRS quoted Viho as saying: “When he started beating my wife, I summoned courage to engage him.
As soon as we started fighting, his colleague took to his heels.
He too tried to run but I held him and I called out to neighbours, seized his gun and just in the nick of time, RRS officers on patrol arrived and they arrested him”.
Bashir reportedly told RRS:
“We know he goes to work early in his car and we decided to ambush him. We were three, Michael and I followed him into his flat to collect more money while Joseph was monitoring the situation outside. The three of us met at a point near boundary in Ajegunle. That is where we plan and set out for our operations. We operate early in the morning and late evening.”
Last Monday, RRS also arrested another armed suspected robber in Ikotun.
Tunde Adedeji, 23 and his 10-man robbery gang invaded Muslim and Omotayo Streets in Ikotun, robbing the occupants of three buildings.
Two of the three buildings are on Muslim Street; the third is on Omotayo Street.
Over 25 victims relived their ordeal to the police when they stormed RRS Headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, on learning about the arrest of one of the suspects.
Many of them were macheted.
The victims, who came to Alausa in three commercial buses, were invited one after the other to identify the suspect and their belongings from the 18 mobile phones, trinkets and assorted jewellery, recovered from his back-pack.
Adedeji reportedly told RRS:
“Around midnight, Sadiq, Sule, Ijoba, myself and six others whose names I don’t know met and discussed about the robbery.
I was invited for the operation by Sadiq. We met at Ikotun Egbe. We discussed the plan and at around 2am, we converged on Ikotun Roundabout.
“The arms we used for the operation were cutlasses, wood and sticks. None of us had a gun. We used legs to break doors and took phones, jewellery, laptops from our victims. All the recovered items from me were from the victims. Sule and I were coming from the operation around 4am when a local security man intercepted us.
“We ran away, but, I was later arrested by RRS officials on patrol.”
Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP), said Bashir has been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), office in Ikeja.