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There was a mild drama at the weekend when
the police at Ikotun Division, Lagos State,
Southwest Nigeria, arrested three monkeys and
their minders suspected to be Fulani herdsmen
who were allegedly using the monkeys to breach
public peace and to steal.

Police arrested the monkeys and their minders at
the popular Ikotun roundabout.
But the monkeys shocked the police and resisted
being forced into the station. They stood at the
entrance where they continued their usual
demonstration and acrobatic displays.
The policemen who arrested them became
angry and threatened to shoot them.
The drama stirred up confusion because a large
crowd gathered at the entrance of the police
station to watch the moneys display.

The Ikotun Police Divisional Police Officer, CSP
Akika later came out of his office and intervened.
He released the moneys to their owners and
dispersed the crowd at the station.

P.M.NEWS learnt through the residents that
whenever the monkeys and their minders were
in Ikotun, a large crowd usually gathered to
watch them display. But criminals seized the
opportunity to steal from the onlookers and
passers-by pickpockets usually have a field day
during such displays.
Before the monkeys were arrested on Friday, a
victim, Nurudeen Idowu complained to the police
that when he passed through a crowd watching
the monkeys, he lost N5,700 he had on him.
He said he suspected that the monkeys� minders
were collaborating with criminals to steal from
the people.
Another victim, Mrs. Victoria Udoh, claimed she
lost N22,000 when she joined the crowd to
watch the monkeys display, lamenting that she
could not tell her husband how she lost the
A trader in Ikotun market, Edwin Chris, also
claimed he was a victim. He said his N9,000 was
stolen as he watched the monkeys during the

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