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‘We Planned To Rob All Houses On Two Streets’ – Suspect

Posted: Jul 18, 2016 at 3:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Chukwudi Nweje


Abdullahi Olanrewaju, 30, a member of an Eight-man robbery gang, arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend confessed that they set out to rob all the houses on Abeje and Onibeju Streets, off Capitol road in Agege area of the state before they ran out of luck.

The RRS had responded to an SOS from one of the residents who escaped through the window.

It was gathered that the RRS followed the complainant to the robbery scene where the armed robbers on sighting the police, opened fire at them.

While Olanrewaju, his accomplices escaped with two pump action guns, a sum of N549, 500 and other valuables.

The suspect, who hails from Ita-Amoju in Kwara State, told the RRS that the gang had promised to buy him a commercial bus for him after the operation.

“When I came to Lagos, I started driving a commercial bus plying Agege to Oshodi. The bus developed faults, and the owner had to sell the vehicle off. Since then, things have been very difficult for me.

“I met other gang members at a beer parlour in Akerele Wahabi area in Agege. I told them I was a bus driver and they promised to buy a new bus for me.

“When they refused to buy the vehicle for me, they promised again that they would introduce me to one business that can make me become rich. I never knew it was armed robbery they wanted to introduce to me to,” Olanrewaju said.

“At midnight when we went for robbery, I along with other seven gang members met at Markaz Road. We operated from one building to the other. I did not follow them inside; I was on standby outside. My job was to keep all the looted items including money,” he added.

The suspect also confessed that they went to the operation with four pump action guns and Jack knives.  “We went for that operation with bullet loaded four pump action guns. We had planned our movements for that night. We had intention to rob all the houses on the two streets but luck ran out on us, as we were able to visit only five buildings before the arrival of RRS operatives. We collected a lot of money, mobile phones and jewellery.

“When we sighted the police approaching, we had no choice than to shoot them. We opened fire on them and they retaliated immediately.  When we noticed that we were about to run out of bullets, we decided to take to our heels. Unfortunately for me, while other managed to escape the police arrested me because I was unable to join the waiting vehicle”, he said.

The suspect who said it was his first operation with the gang added that he found out too late that the business they introduced him to was armed robbery, even as the gang threatened to kill him if he exposed them.

Items recovered from Olanrewaju included one cut-to-size pump action gun, Jack Knife, two laptops, 14 handsets, wrist watch and N2,600 cash.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmus, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lagos State Command confirmed the arrest and added that the suspect is helping the Police with investigation in order to arrest the fleeing robbers.

She assured that the Police Command would leave no stone unturned to relegate and suppress any criminal who wanted to disturb the existing peace Lagos State is enjoying.