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RRS Arrests Teenager Over Alleged Robbery, Cultism

Posted: Apr 11, 2016 at 3:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje


The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command have arrested one Opeyemi Johnson, a 13 – year – old for alleged robbery and suspicion of belonging to the notorious Awawa Boys cult group.

Opeyemi was arrested on Sunday for alleged robbery and cultism. He and about 20 other members of the cult group were said to have gone on robbery spree somewhere around Agbado Crossing, dispossessing passersby of bags, phones and other valuable items when he was arrested.

Opeyemi, a Junior Secondary School student of a private school in Sango Ogun State confessed to the crime.

According to him, “I followed my cult members to carnival at Power Line, Agbado Crossing. On our way home, our Capol, nicknamed ‘Ijaomode’ instructed us to start robbing anybody we meet on our way.

“We robbed not less than 10 different individuals of their belongings before we got to Fagba Junction. At this point, we saw a young girl, whom we immediately surrounded and collected all her belongings including phones and jewelry. She later went to bring RRS men who chased us and arrested me while my colleagues escape.”

Meanwhile, the suspect’s mother, Mrs Johnson said that she had tried all her best to give Opeyemi quality education and good upbringing.

“He is my third child. Though I had remarried but that doesn’t disturb me from playing my motherly role. His two elder siblings are in higher institutions. I have tried enough to ensure that he doesn’t go astray. I enrolled him in a private school at Sango. I gave him and his siblings all my best,” she said.

One of the victim’s of the cultists simply identified as Ooerayion, who narrated her ordeal said: “I was on my way to Balogun market in Lagos Island. On getting to Fagba junction hoping to board a bus around 4:00 a.m. about 15 boys surrounded me with weapons and asked me to release all my belongings.

“I had to cooperate with them, and they collected a sum of N58, 000, permanent voter’s card, 3 ATM cards, phones and other valuables from me. I had to run to the other side of the road to shout for help. Fortunately, I saw RRS operatives patrolling and I explained everything to them.

“They followed me to the crime scene but immediately the thieves saw us coming, they all took to their heels. The Police chased them and arrested one of them.”

Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed the incident added that Opeyemi’s confession helped the police track down another member of the group, Mohammed Korede, 19.

The two suspects have been transferred to Gender Department of the police command for necessary actions

Badmus cautioned parents to give their best to their children and wards.