A suspected robber, Seyi Adebayo, stunned detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, after he confessed that he and members of his gang used to hire guns from two women residing at the Mushin area of the metropolis for operations. Adebayo, who was presented to journalists by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said that he would have killed himself in his cell, if he had had an inkling that he was going to be publicly presented as a robbery suspect. Adebayo was arrested along with Damilola Oluwole and Olasupo Jeremiah for robbery.
The suspect, who said that he was ashamed of himself, disclosed that his parents and siblings had been crying their eyes out since they heard he was arrested for robbery. Adebayo, who is a commercial cyclist, said: “I was arrested for robbery. We robbed a hotel.
That hotel operation was my first robbery. I borrowed the gun I used in the robbery from a woman that sells hot drinks at Idiroko, Mushin. There are actually two women, who used to hire out guns for robbery operations in the area.
One of the women is called Ajara. She sells herbs and keeps gun for robbers. The other woman, Odunku, also used to hire guns out to bad guys in the area.” Adebayo recounted: “We used to rob people of their phones and laptops in the hotel. After the hotel robbery, I was given two phones; one IPhone 7 and one ordinary phone. If the police grant me pardon and release me, I promise to go back to my village in Ekiti State. I’ll go to my village to farm, rather than continue to stay in Lagos State.
I have suffered. Even as a cyclist, I couldn’t make enough money to support myself and my parents.” The suspect advised young people to desist from crime. This was even as he urged those planning to go into robbery and those already in the crime to repent.
Imohimi said that on April 7, the command received a complaint from the management of AB Hotel, located at No. 20 Aknsoji Street, Shogunle Oshodi, Lagos, that robbers attacked them. Imohimi noted: “Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbers Squad (FSARS), based in Mushin Lagos State, were directed to fish out the fleeing suspects immediately.
The next day, April 8, one of the suspects, Damilola Oluwole, 27, was arrested. His confession led to the arrest of two other members of the gang named Adebayo and Jeremiah. Items recovered from the suspects in their hideout at Akala Mushin are one locally made pistol, five live cartridges and one expended cartridges.”