A member of a three-man armed robbery gang, Haruna Shakiru, has vowed never to drink again if he is left off the hook because excess drink caused his arrest.
The 30-year-old from Abeokuta, Ogun State, arrested and by vigilante guards at Ifelodun bus stop, Igando, Lagos while on a robbery operation. It was gathered that, the suspect who went for operation was arrested at about 5.30am when he challenged the guards under the influence of alcohol and Indian hemp before embarking on an armed robbery operation.
Police said he belong to a robbery gang who specializes in terrorising pedestrians, motorcyclists and other road users in the New Town, Egon and Ifelodun areas in the Igando suburb. It was gathered that the gang had embarked on an operation where they robbed passersby of their valuables at the Ifelodun bus stop of Igando, on March 5, at about 5am.
It was gathered that the suspect had succeeded with his gang members without molestation but he challenged the vigilante security guards who arrested him. The guards were said to have recovered one locally made pistol and one cartridge while the other gang members and the leader, whom he said is in possession of a rifle and other member fled the scene.
He was handed over to the police, but the suspect has regretted that he was arrested easily because he was drunk and couldn’t escape when his other colleagues escaped. It was gathered that the vigilante group had handed him over to the police Igando Division and was later transferred to the SARS for a discreet investigation.
In his confession, Shakiru said, “We went to the area to snatch a car as our dealer (receiver) said we should get him a clean Toyota car.
We went there by 4am after smoking and drinking heavily. My legs were shaking and I was tired, if I knew maybe I would have stayed back, but I was not so lucky and that is why I am here. I will never drink again if I can come out of this mess. “At that time 4am people are usually few on the road and workers come out with their cars to work.
It was agreed that two of us would pretend like pas- Man Dies In Moving Car sengers while our leader would hang around with our operational guns so that once the driver stop to pick us others will immediately strike and collect the car. “We have done it before and collected laptops, jewelries and money. At the last operation my share was N10,000. We have embarked on about five operations,” he explained.