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Armed Robber Rearrested After Release From Prison

Xavier Ndanyongmong

An unrepentant armed robber has been rearrested three weeks after regaining freedom from prison where he was jailed for same offence.

The suspect 25-year -old Ajay Solomon, a native of Oto Awori,in Lagos is being interrogated by police operatives in Lagos for participating in a robbery operation at the Morogbo area of Lagos.

The suspect was arrested along with his other gang members Ajay Solomon, 25; Momodu Williams, 19; Kazeem Ganiu, 19, Elijah Dada, 19 and Seun Ariyo 19 on Sunday May 24, operation in Ijanikin area of Lagos. Police Public Relations officer Kenneth Nwosu said the five notorious armed robbery suspects specialised in terrorizing residents, traders and commuters in ketu, Iyano- era, Alasia, Morogbo area of the state and its environs.

According to him, the bandits numbering over 40 had stormed the area robbing, causing havoc by maiming and attacking unsuspecting residents in their homes from Palace Road Street to Amosu Igboro street.

He said that residents who were returning from work and Shop owners were robbed freely and were dispossessed of their belongings.

Police sources said the police anti robbery team led by the Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent of Police (SP) Robinson Eregare moved to the scene following a distress call on the activities of the robbers and they were apprehended in Amosu-Igboro area in Ijanikin where they were operating. The 25-year-old Ajay Solomon, a native of OtoAwori, who just returned from prison about three weeks ago was also arrested along with other suspects.

The suspect said he started the trade two years ago because he is an orphan so as to make ends meet.

“When there was nobody to cater for me and my five younger ones I made friends on the street not because I wanted to be a robber but that was where I found myself. “My association with the boys led to my joining cultism five years ago I was initiated into Eiye confraternity as a way of survival not because I liked it.

“I lost my parents when I was very young and that made me to drop out of school in SS2 and started learning welding but I had to battle with feeding my younger ones and sponsoring myself. When I couldn’t cope things fall apart and this is the result of poverty (robbery),” he explained in tears.

Narrating his ordeal, the suspect said he was called to partake in the operation by the leader of the gang whom he called ‘Dollar’.

“It started like a joke at the venue of the Egun festival at OtoAwori, after a lot of dancing, drinking and smoking India hemp at the festival, at about 8pm, one of us suggested the operation and as at that time all of us were very high.

“We moved for the operation immediately and stormed Ijanikin, we robbed people in their shops restaurants, pharmacy we were about 40 in number that stormed the Amuso-Igboro area.

“Infact there was commotion as people ran helter skelter there was panic in the area because we were many as we robbed till early in the morning. “I live in my father’s house at No. 1 Baale Street, Morogbo; One of our tenants bailed me when I was arrested by the police Special Anti-Robbery squad last year when I was involved in robbery and was charged to court and jailed .

“I returned from Ilaro prison in Ogun state about three weeks ago. I am involved in this to cater for my junior ones since I am the first born. I don’t have a job and nothing else to do, I am appealing to the government to help me to get a job. Please I am tired of this life,” he stated.

Nwosu said the suspects will be charged to court immediate the police are through with investigations just as the police have spread its dragnet to apprehend other fleeing gang members.

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