24th September, 2010
Two men suspected to be members of a gang of robbers have confessed to anti-robberyÂ detectives that he and his accomplice started robbing people while they were still inÂ secondary school at Olodi Secondary School, Tolu, Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria between 2003Â and 2004.
Police investigations revealed that the two suspects and four others, now at large, armedÂ with an AK47 rifle and three locally made pistols, raided the residence of a prominentÂ industrialist (name withheld) at Marine Road, Apapa and violently robbed all theÂ occupants of their belongings. Items stolen include seven laptop computers and jewelleryÂ worth thousands of naira, among others.
Nemesis, however, caught up with the two suspects following a tip off from members of theÂ public in Ajegunle.
Officers from Apapa Police Division were said to have swooped on their hideout in OregeÂ area of Ajegunle at about 3 a.m. The suspects were arrested, while four others escapedÂ with gunshot injuries.
Items recovered from them include, two jack knives, two locally made pistols and threeÂ axes.
The two suspects gave their names as Fatai Aremu and Ismaila, while those at largeÂ include Awilo, the ring leader, Bashiru alias Bras, Obokun, Small Agaga, Odudu and Randi.
In his confessional statement to the police, Fatai Aremu said: “I and Randi attendedÂ Olodi Secondary School, Ajegunle, Apapa and we started robbing by snatching handsets andÂ hand bags at boundary bus stop before we went into full robbery operations. We bought oneÂ pistol for N2,000 and left school.
“We met other members of our gang at Orege, a meeting point in Ajegunle. Awilo our leaderÂ is in possession of all our guns including the AK47 and four locally made pistols. HeÂ always make them available each time we are going for operation.
“We have robbed in Surulere, Tin can Island the Expressway and the last one at MarineÂ Road which fetched me N150,000, my share of the proceeds. I promise to change,” heÂ pleaded.
The suspects are currently being detained at Apapa, Police Division to face prosecution.