Monday 26th June, 2017
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Police arrest 'one-chance' robber in Lagos

Police arrest 'one-chance' robber in Lagos

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.

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