I hack uncooperative victims with axe ─ armed robbery suspect confesses

by Akan Ido

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Olalekan Ajibola, a suspected armed robber who operated in the Mushin area of the state.

Ajibola was arrested while trying to break into the home of a man simply identified as Ogungbe around 3 am in the morning.

Ogungbe wife reportedly raised an alarm while her husband alerted the police from the Olosan Division. The suspect was immediately arrested and the case was later transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.

Ajibola told the police that he specializes in using an axe to terrorize his victims. He also confessed to hacking down victims who do not readily comply with his directives.

He said, “I do not live with my parents. They are divorced. My father is a commercial driver in Lagos. He shuttles between the Oyingbo and Bariga areas. He also does building contractor jobs. My mother, however, lives in Ibadan. She is mentally sick and is confined to the house. She was formerly a chemist but she stopped working when she fell sick.

“I learnt to rob while in Oyingbo. When I go out for operations, I carry my axe. I have operated with it on five different occasions. When I enter houses, I ask people for money, phones and other valuables. If they resist, I will hack them with the axe. I use the axe for cutting victims who resist.”

Ajibola who has only a primary school education said he was driven to armed robbery due to lack of parental care. He explained that his father has abandoned him leaving him to fend for himself.

He said, “I was brought up in a hard way. That is why I also don’t dress well. I rob in order to survive. I eat at any restaurant I find myself. I sneak in and out of them to have my meals. My father does not know or care where I am. It was only my mother who took care of me initially.

“My father left my mum when her mental sickness started. Since then, I had been wandering around till I got to Lagos. I was learning work before in Ibadan. I also sold clothes. I attended a primary school in Ibadan. That was the only education I had.”

The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, said he would get back to our correspondent, but he had yet to do so as of press time.

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