The Nigeria Police Force’s Ondo State Command paraded five robbery suspects at the force headquarters in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday.
One of the suspects, identified as Mohammed Sule, was captured in Akure while attempting to rob a residence alone.
Sule confessed his crimes to police operatives, saying that his adventure into robbery began less than a month ago when he was expelled from an Akure mosque.
The 23-year-old mechanic said that he turned to crime to raise money for his business. The Kogi State native, who was apprehended in Akure’s Shasha neighborhood, went on to say that he used to raid his victims’ homes alone, armed only with a cutlass and a fake gun.
He claimed he arrived in Akure from Kogi State last month but was unable to locate his sister, with whom he had planned to stay.
“When I couldn’t find a place to stay, I went to Ogbese.” I was sleeping inside the mosque when I got there. Sule claimed, “I was later pursued from the mosque.”
He continued, ”
“I went to Shasha after being chased out of the mosque.” When it became tough for me to make ends meet, I began stealing.
“I had planned to gather money for a business the day I was caught.” I went to two places, and at one of them, a man in the house attacked me when he saw I was the only one there. “That’s how I was apprehended.”
In addition, four alleged thieves were apprehended by the police command at two different places in the state capital.
Victor Bright, 21, AbdulRahim Mohammed, 22, and Friday Emmanuel, 27, were apprehended in the state’s Owo council area.
Before they met their demise, they were alleged to have grabbed a boxer motorcycle and a cellphone. Bright, the gang’s leader, admitted that the robbery was their first attempt.
Bright admitted to their misdeeds, claiming that the motorcycle and phone were sold for N130,000.
He stated, ”
“Three weeks ago, I was detained in Owo for stealing a boxer motorcycle. We were transported to SCID last Friday.
“After stealing the bike from a commercial biker who is a Hausa man, my pals and I sold it to one man in Elegbeka.” The phone we stole from the okada man was also sold to the same person.
“I requested the okada man to take me from Ikare junction to a different part of Owo.”
“When I arrived at an unfinished structure, I tied a rope around his neck. When he attempted to struggle, the three others emerged from their hiding places.
“We outmuscled him and took his bike, but we didn’t murder him.”
“The phone was traced back to the individual to whom we sold it, which is how we were apprehended.” The robbery included four of us, but the fourth got away when we were apprehended.
“We got N130,000 for the bike and the phone.” The money was divided among the four of us. We’ve used up all of the funds. I learnt to tailor, but I do occasionally work as a bricklayer. That was my first time participating in a robbery.”
Funmi Odunlami, a spokesperson for the state police command, said the suspect will be charged in court after the investigation was completed.