For 22-year Oluwasegun Bola, a native of Owode, Oyo State said the economic situation in the country has not been favorable and has forced him to robbery.
The suspect who is now being interrogated by the police Lagos Command was arrested for robbing unsuspecting members of the public most especially women of their valuables at the Iyana Oworo area of Lagos metropolis.
The suspect who was paraded at the police headquarters amongst other suspected criminals said he became a robber because he was unable to make a reasonable earnings from his conductor job because the gain from driving business has dropped drastically.
The suspect said before now he used to go home with at least N5,,000 per day but these days he hardly take home N 3,000 which is not enough for his needs. The situation he said has pushed him to look elsewhere for additional income. “Since then I decided to live with some boys under the Oshodi bridge, that is where even a saint can easily become a robber within days because when you mingle with bad boys you must do what they do and they are ready to show you the way,” he explained.
“I met one friend Wasiu who introduced me to snatching of bags mostly from women at night when they are returning from work and in the early hours of the day. We snatch big phones and we sell them at cheaper rates just to survive but I am sorry, I have repented and promised never to rob again. All I am begging for is to be set free I will never steal again it wasthe work of the devil. I will like to be a pastor from now,” he pleaded.
Commissioner of Police CP Fatai Owoseni while addressing the press urges the public to desist from crime and warned that the full wrath of the law will be applied to deal decisively on anyone caught adding that all the suspects who were paraded will be charged to court.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong