Economic Situation in Nigeria Affected our Business – ‘One Chance’ Robbery Suspect By Emeka Ibemere

It was a true confession when one of the six suspected criminals that usually rob passengers in the bus popularly known as ‘One Chance’ told the crack team of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command that current economic conditions in the country have affected their illicit business.
According to the suspect, the prevailing economic situation in the country has greatly affected ‘one chance’ robbery operations.
The suspect, Adeleke Rasaq, 24, was arrested along with his gang member, Lucky John, 22, in Abule Egba, Agbado Oke Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.
Adeleke was before his robbery escapade, a factory worker but joined ‘one chance’ robbery gang.
“We don’t make much money like before. The present economic condition in the country has greatly affected ‘one chance’ business. We have not been able to make much money, everywhere is dry.”
The suspect added that they have not made much money before they were arrested.
“We have been sharing N20,000, N30,000 and N40,000. Unlike before, when I operate alone, I could make close to N150,000, daily. Now, business is so difficult”
He stated further: “I teamed up with Lucky because pick pocketing is not easy in Lagos these days. When you toil alone, you might not make much. It has not been easy working independently lately. So, we have to team up to make more money to survive.
“We live in Badagry. Every day, we come to Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba, and Egbeda to operate. As soon as we made enough money, we would retire for the day,” the suspect said.
Explaining how he joined the robbery syndicate, he revealed, “I resigned from the company I worked when I noticed that a lot of my friends in Ajegunle, who were doing this kind of hustling were living better than a lot of Chief Executives. Every guy does this in Ajegunle. We don’t see it as a crime, it is called hustling.”
The suspect also stated that he started following the gang out, adding that it was in the process that he mastered the act. It has been up to six years that he has been in the robbery trade.
Members of another gang, comprising Ubuke Michael, 26 and Obinna Okoro, 24, were arrested in Gbagada after their operational bus with the registration number, FST 890 XM, had picked up two passengers who were going to Alaba International Market and Ladipo Spare Parts Market to buy goods.
Ubuke, the leader of the gang, had invited a bus driver and a condctor to join his group in the operation.
“I invited a friend of mine who has a commercial bus. We are familiar with the operation. I have so many commercial buses that I can call for operation. I call them to join me at a particular location; the driver and conductor do their normal work while we collect belongings of the passengers, drop them off.
“The two passengers in the bus were our victims,” he further stated.
Ubuke also stated that one of their victims came out of bank before boarding their bus while another has bulky pockets.
“We were about to collect their belongings when we were arrested. We don’t normally carry more than two passengers during operations. “Whatever we make we share with the driver and the conductor but our share is normally more than theirs. It is so unfortunate the driver and conductor of our operational danfo bus escaped”, he noted.
One of their victims, Boniface Anusionwu, whose phone was found with the gang stated.
“I just came out of a bank where I went to withdraw some money for trading and for my rent. I never knew they were robbers”.
Another gang members, Steven Raphael, 25 and Samali Onafuwa, 27 were arrested in Fagba and Station Bus Stop, Ishaga.
Confirming the incident, the Police PPRO, Dolapo Badmos, said that there would be no hiding place for criminals in Lagos State, adding that the suspects would be charged to court when investigations are completed.
“Sadly, all the suspects have roots in Ajegunle. The six suspects had been transferred to SCID for further investigation”, she said.

Author: News Editor

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