CITY NEWS We were ar­rested be­cause our charms failed us – rob­bery sus­pects

Daily Trust - - JOBS & CAREERS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Two armed rob­bery sus­pects who ad­mit­ted their in­volve­ment in a se­ries of house-to-house rob­beries in the Ijanikin, Igando and Ay­obo, which are suburbs of the La­gos me­trop­o­lis, said the po­lice were able to ar­rest them be­cause the ef­fi­cacy of their charms failed when it mat­tered most.

The sus­pects, Adi­gun Gbo­la­han, 19, and Tobi Michael, were ar­rested after they and four other mem­bers of their gang raided a home at Ay­obo.

The sus­pects, who said their shel­ter was the front of wooden stores at the Alaba Rago mar­ket, Ojo, con­fessed they were in­volved in well over 20 armed rob­bery op­er­a­tions in the me­trop­o­lis in the last one year.

Michael, who is the leader and ar­mourer of the gang, ad­mit­ted killing a man at Ay­obo dur­ing an op­er­a­tion.

He said, “We had gone to rob in a house at Ay­obo last Thurs­day. Six of us went for the op­er­a­tion. It was one Chidi who led us to the house we robbed. We ar­rived the house around 10:00p.m. While four of us went into the com­pound by scal­ing the fence, two oth­ers kept vigil out­side. Two of us were armed with guns while the oth­ers had cut­lasses.

“When we en­tered the house, we met a man and his wife in the sit­ting room. We or­dered both of then to lie face down. We went round all the rooms col­lect­ing all the valu­ables we saw. Things we stole in­cluded phones, wrist­watches, jew­el­ries, lap­tops and cash.

“But as we were about to leave the house, the man pounced on me with a cut­lass. He took us by sur­prise be­cause we thought that he would be afraid of do­ing any such thing. He at­tacked me with the cut­lass and I sus­tained in­jury on my head. It was at that mo­ment that I shot him. I did not have to check if he was still alive. I knew he had died be­cause I shot him on the chest. We went out through the same way we came. We sold all the phones at Alaba Rago.”

Ex­plain­ing their mo­dus operandi, the sus­pect said any­time they em­barked on a house-to-house raid in the Ijanikin, Igando and Ajang­badi ar­eas and they wanted to be quiet about it, they would just cut open the mosquito net on the win­dows of po­ten­tial vic­tims through where they stole phones.

“We do this suc­cess­fully be­cause of the be­lief that a good num­ber of per­sons leave their phones by the side of their bed when sleep­ing,” he said.

On how he got his guns, the sus­pect said that he bought them from a man at the Alaba Rago mar­ket.

“I bought both of them for N15,000 each. It was after I bought the guns that we started go­ing from area to area rob­bing peo­ple. Be­fore then we were only snatch­ing phones from peo­ple in buses,” he said.

Michael re­vealed that it was his gang that raided a Nai­ja­bet of­fice at Ijanikin where they stole phones, lap­tops and cash from the op­er­a­tors and cus­tomers.

The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Imo­himi Ed­gal, who pa­raded the sus­pects yes­ter­day at the com­mand head­quar­ters, Ikeja, said that two lo­cally made sin­gle-bar­rel guns, two ex­pended car­tridges and charms were re­cov­ered from them.

Ed­gal ex­plained that the po­lice traced the sus­pects to their hide­outs at the Alaba Rago mar­ket after they killed a vic­tim at Ay­obo.

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