The police in Lagos have arrested a “one-chance robber”, Ajibola Alao, for allegedly dispossessing some residents of the state of valuables during robbery attacks.
The suspect, however, explained that he became a robber to secure his siblings future, stressing that he didn’t want them to end up as robbers like him.
Alao was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad after dispossessing a resident, Asotie Benedict, of his phones and money in Oshodi area of the state.
An RSS official said the suspect and his gang had pushed the victim out of a bus while in motion.
He said, “The suspect, in company of the driver and conductor of their operational bus, a Volkswagen bus, picked up the victim at Ladipo. He was to alight at Oshodi under bridge.
“However, when they sighted officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority at that bus Stop, they pretended they were ascending the bridge towards Oshodi Oke. It was at that point that they dispossessed him of his two mobile phones and a wallet containing N60,000. They then threw him out while the vehicle was in motion.”
The victim, in his statement to the police, said they gave him N100 as transport fare back home after throwing him out.
He stated that he, however, chased the vehicle till he was able to spot a patrol van of the RRS and raised the alarm.
“They chased the vehicle to a halt and arrested Alao, who took all I had on me. But the driver and the conductor abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
“All they took from me were found in his possession and some additional phones, which he said they took from previous victims,” he added.
Alao, in his statement, allegedly admitted to being member of a three-man “one-chance” gang that operated in the Oshodi area, saying he had once been arrested by the police.
He said, “I have been in the business of ‘one-chance’ since 2015. I was once a pickpocket, joining buses to Sango, Agege, Oshodi, Apapa, and disembarking after stealing from commuters.
“At a time, I was arrested by the Mushin Olosa Police station. My mum, who was ill and on admission in a hospital at that time, was brought to see me. She pleaded with the officers and secured my bail.
“She insisted that I should stop stealing from people. She added that the consequences would be too severe for me if I went back to crime. A few weeks after the incidence, she died.
“I went back to crime to raise funds for my siblings so that they won’t follow the same path. I am the first child and the breadwinner of the family. Since the death of my mother, I have been taking care of my brothers.”
Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.