by Isi Esene
Sheyi Ganiu, 24, a suspected member of a six-man robbery gang has confessed to the police how they go about their operations in a most brutal way.
Ganiu, whose robbery gang was quashed recently in Ikeja, Lagos by the police said they smoke Indian Hemp and drinks shots of local gin, popularly known as Ogogoro, to harden their hearts before going out for robbery.
Two members of his gang were shot dead during a shoot-out with the police in a robbery at a popular eatery located on Allen avenue, in Ikeja area of Lagos, where they dispossessed customers of cash and other valuables.
Policemen from the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja, were alerted of their presence and they quickly engaged the robbers in a gun duel killing two of them and recovering four cut-to-size double barrel guns and 20 live ammunition eventually.
According to Ganiu: “You must own a gun before joining the gang. We are six in number and we had six guns, one belonging to each person. Members of my gang are Akeem, Wasiu, Ikeja, Femi and Ibrahim.
“Wasiu is a very close friend of mine and we reside in the same street in Mushin. He was the person that introduced me into the gang. But before I joined, they insisted I must buy a gun so as to arm myself and be able to defend myself during confrontation . Even when I begged them that I do not have money, they said I must get the sum of N25,000 to buy one before joining them because that was the criterium for being a member.
“I had to borrow money which I gave to Femi, leader of the gang , who bought me a gun from the Republic of Benin. Since I joined them, we have robbed in four places. One of the places was in Victoria Island, where I got N50,000; at Oshodi where I got N52,000 and Shogunle where I got N32,000.
“My fourth operation was at the eatery at Allen Junction. Femi, Ibrahim and myself were inside the eatery disposing customers of their valuables, while Wasiu and Akeem were outside watching. But when the police came, they all escaped, leaving me behind.”
He reportedly continued saying, “Akala is our base. That is where we plan and organize all our operations. That is also where we share our loots at the end of each successful operation . But before going on an operation, we must smoke until we get high. We will also top it with shepee (local gin), after which we would leave. At that point, we can shoot and kill anybody.”
Ganiu expressed regrets at his actions but refused to give any advice to other criminals saying they must face the music just like he his.
“I have no advice for any criminal out there or those having the intention to join. This is because nobody talked me out of this. So, let them face the music just as I am facing.”
Ganiu would soon be charged to court.