A Robber-Suspect Claim Parents Knew What He Does

February 24, 2015 7:57 am

A suspected member of an armed robbery gang, , who was
arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, has said his parents were
aware that he was an armed robber.
Punch Metro learnt that Rasheed, along with two others ─
and ─ were nabbed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad on February 5.

Our correspondent gathered that the three suspects were rounded up by
the police in the Isheri Berger area ─ a boundary area between Lagos and
Ogun states.

The police said the suspects, who had confessed to the , made use
of four locally-made guns, two of which had reportedly been recovered.Our correspondent learnt that Musiliu was first arrested by the police before he led detectives to apprehend the others.

The police added, however, that the gang had other members who were still at large.

During interrogation, the suspects were said to have confessed to have
organised robberies during which many vehicles were stolen, including a
Toyota Highlander, a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Sienna.
Speaking with PUNCH
Metro, 22-year-old Rasheed said his parents, who knew about his robbery
operations, had warned him to return the guns in his possession, but he

He said,

“I stayed in Ketu with my parents where I worked in an aluminium company
before joining the gang.My mother first knew about this when other gang
members came to our house to report to her that I had fled with their
guns to Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
“She then called me on the phone to
return the guns, but I did not listen. I was using the guns to go on
operations in the Ijebu Ode area.When we went out as a gang, we snatched
vehicles which were usually Toyota products.
“We sold them, but the
gang did not give me my correct share. Since the police arrested me, my
parents have not come to check on me because they are aware of all my

Also, Musiliu, 23, who had served a one-year jail term at the Ikoyi
Prison, said he had been going out with robbery gangs for over six

He said,

 “In 2008, I was arrested for armed robbery. We were five members in
that gang. I was sent to the Ikoyi Prison where I served one-year jail
term. We had robbed in the Ikorodu, Oshodi, Ketu and Ijebu Ode areas.
I came out of prison, I joined another gang. The gang leader provided
the guns. I was part of the gang that robbed a Toyota Camry vehicle in
Ikorodu area. We sold the vehicle at a giveaway price and I was given
N100, 000.”

Dada, the third suspect, said he was formerly working as a commercial bus driver before he was lured to join the gang.

He added that he had also gone on several operations.

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