Some one-chance robbers arrested by the police in Lagos say that the dwindling economy in the country is also affecting their business.
Rasaq and John, who were two of several notorious one-chance robbers arrested by the police operatives, were said to have turned themselves into terrors in areas like Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba and Egbeda, before they were arrested. They said the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has made things difficult for them because they do not make as much as they used to.
Rasaq, who is the leader of the gang, said he resigned from his factory work to concentrate on robbery to survive.
“John and I lived in Badagry. Every day, we go to Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba, Egbeda to operate. As soon as we make enough money, we retire for the day.
I teamed up with John because picking people’s pockets is not easy. We had to team up to make more money to survive.
We don’t make much money like before. The present economic condition in the country has greatly affected ‘one-chance’ robbery; everywhere is dry."
"Since Monday, we have been sharing N20,000, N30,000 and N40,000. Before, when I operate alone, I could make close to N150,000. Now, things are difficult.
It has been six years since I joined this gang. We don’t call it robbery, we call it hustling. This government has made things difficult for us as our business is no longer booming as before.”