by Azubuike Azikiwe
A robbery gang of four were arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command, for robbing early morning pedestrians and motorists in the Mile 2 area of the state.
The robbers, Mutalubi Abdullahi, Ismaila Moruf, Opeyemi Akinyemi and Sarah Emmanuel, operated on commercial motorcycles (Okada), using three locally-made guns to carry out their operations.
Abdullahi, one of the suspected robbers, confessed that they usually pray to God before embarking on any operation, and in their prayers, they only ask God to send them sinners.
He said, “That is why we usually prayed to God before embarking on any operation. The prayer was for God to protect us and to bring only sinners our way so that those who were innocent would be spared.”
“I was formerly working as a panel beater in Oyingbo, Lagos State. I started robbing just last year. I have gone on robbery operations about 10 times.”
“The gang has three guns. We only use the guns to frighten people. Mile 2 Expressway, Alapere and Oshodi are areas where we operated. The money I made from panel beating and okada riding was not sufficient. That was why I took to robbery.”
The police said the suspected robbers, who also operated in Agege, Isolo and Oshodi, were arrested from their respective hideouts in Iyana Iyesi, Sango Ota, Ogun State.
31-year-old Emmanuel, the sole female member of the gang, was reportedly the suppliers of guns for their operations. She however, said that her friend, Modinat, convinced her to buy the guns for the gang, adding that she had not gone for any operation with the gang.
She said, “I was working as a hairdresser. It was one of my friends, Modinat, who called me and said the gang needed a gun. Modinat was a girlfriend to one of them. She then asked me to come with her and I did. We got the two guns for
N25,000 at Idi Iroko from some mechanics. That was in February. I know I am guilty.”
Following incessant complaints by their victims and pedestrians around the affected areas, the gang was arrested in an operation led by SARS Commander, SP Abba Kyari.