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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, on Friday paraded 17 robbers who specialised in robbing Lagos residents on motorcycles.
The CP said the suspects, including a 20-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Oluwole Sunday, were arrested a week ago, revealing that some of the robbers concentrated on people leaving banks with the hope that any bag they held must have money in it.
Owoseni said, “The police impounded a motorcycle used by one of the suspects that had been modified for increased speed. During the operations that led to the arrest of the suspects, two of them engaged the police in a shootout and they were killed in the process.”
Sunday confessed he met his accomplice, 18-year-old Ahmed Musa in a relaxation centre and introduced himself as an okada rider.
The father of one said, “We started making plans but first, we needed a gun which we didn’t have. When we brought up the issue of a gun, we spoke with another friend we met at the same joint, Michael, and he said he could get us a gun. He took us to a bathroom in his father’s house. The gun was hidden in a hole in the bathroom.
“The first time we went on an operation together, we were able to operate successfully that day on my motorcycle. We robbed many people. I was given N10, 000. This last operation, I was promised N20, 000 which is double the normal amount. I did not know that would be the day we would be caught. We had not even robbed anybody that day when we were arrested at Shasha in Egbeda,” the Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene added.
His accomplice, Musa, an Ilorin, Kwara State indigene, said he had just finished his apprenticeship as a generator repairer last year and he realised there was no way he could afford to buy equipment to set up a shop.
Musa said, “Hunger pushed me into robbery. I thought to myself that it is either I do this thing or I die of hunger. I stopped school at Senior Secondary One and my trade has not produced any money.
“We planned to target women bags and jewelries mostly the day we were arrested. I am not happy about becoming a robber. My family does not know what has happened to me. I was responsible for snatching bags and jewelries anytime we went out for operations.”