The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday paraded a suspect, one Tunde Adewale, believed to be part of a five-man robbery gang who laid ambush for bank customers in different areas within the metropolis.
The CP added that the gang usually robbed their victims at gunpoint.
He said, â€œThe suspect was arrested while attempting to rob another victim at Iyana-Ipaja area. When the gang members sighted a police patrol team, they took to their heels.
â€œLuck ran out on Adewale when he was arrested,â€ the CP stated.
The 23-year-old suspect confessed to the crime; he told detectives attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Lagos State how he and his gang members trailed and robbed customers moments after they leave banking halls.
According to Adewale, a gang member would go into the banking hall, pretending to be a customer.
â€œAfter the person had spied on those withdrawing huge amounts of money, he would come out and inform us. Two of us would sit on a motorcycle, waiting for the person to come out.
â€œImmediately we sight the victim, we start operation.
â€œMy role is to point gun at a victim and collect his money. After that, we would zoom off.
â€œI was a tricycle rider before, but the profit from that business wasnâ€™t enough and I needed money to discharge my wife from the hospital, who had just given birth.
â€œThis was why I went to my friend, Sunday, to assist me with a loan. He didnâ€™t give the money. He promised to introduce me to a job that would fetch me plenty of money.
â€œThat was how I joined robbery in January last year and went for my first operation at Jakande Estate.
â€œWe robbed a lady coming out of a bank. We robbed her of N200, 000. I got N50, 000 as my share.
â€œMy wife was later discharged from the hospital by her family members. I had no option than to continue with the gang. I was making money from the operations.â€
The suspect said he had participated in five operations.
According to him, he made N200, 000 in his second operation and N300, 000 in the third; he later used part of his loot to buy a Honda car.
Owoseni urged that suspicious persons should be reported immediately to the police and warned customers in banking halls to be mindful of people they talk with.