watch By Adewunmi Abodunrin,
home page The Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested Omole Ridwan, 21, for supplying a gun to three robbery suspects in Somolu, Lagos.
At the time of his arrest at his parents’ house in Ajah area of Lagos, Omole disclosed that he bought the gun to scare away cult members who were disturbing his cult group in Ajah area of Lagos State.
Omole who confessed to be an Aiye cult member said he bought the gun from a secondary school mate for N9,000 because of rival cult members who were disturbing him on the street.
“They knew I belonged to Aiye Confraternity and yet they want me to be one of them. I bought the gun in September, 2017. Later, my friend, Seyi Ayetoba who knew that I had a gun at home, he came to collect it. He afterwards requested that I follow him out on operation. I asked him the nature of the business and he told me robbery and okada snatching. I told him, I can’t do such business. But whenever he borrowed the gun and went out on operation, he always came back home to give me some money.
“On three occasions, he gave me money after returning home in Ajah. First, he gave me N10,000 second, it was N10,000 and an Android phone. The third time, it was N2,000 because the operation wasn’t so smooth,” he added.
The robbery gang which comprised Seyi Ayetoba, 27; Taiwo Lawal, 23; Kabiru Ajiboye, 24 were rounded up while trying to snatch a motorcycle from a rider in Somolu, Lagos.
According to the patrol team of the Rapid Response Squad, the victim and a passenger who were cornered by the gang raised alarm before the robbers were chased and arrested with the assistance of passersby.
Leader of the robbery gang, Seyi Ayetoba from whom the gun was recovered said he was initiated into robbery by Tunde who was the leader of his previous gang.
“He was arrested sometime last year. I met Tunde in Mushin and we belonged to the same confraternity. Whatever we stole, we sold Mushin. It was Tunde who taught me all kinds of tricks I deployed during operation. The day he was arrested, I didn’t go out with him. I formed my own gang with Taiwo and Kabiru. I took the gun from Ridwan and each time we went on operation, I paid him for hiring the gun from him.
“We have operated in Ajah, Costain, Onipanu, Yaba and National Stadium and we sell okada for close to N60,000 to N30,000 depending on its condition,” he stated.
Recovered from the gang were a locally made short pistol with a 9mm A – K47 live cartridge and a jack Knife.
Confirming the development, Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti stated that the gang is cooperating with the police, adding that Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal lauded community members participation in the arrest of the suspects.