A welder turned armed robber, Wahab Hassan, now cooling his heels in the cells of the Lagos State Police Command, has confessed that he led his gang to rob a filling station in the Morogbo area of the state of the sum of N6.8 million after he was given insider information by the manager of the station.
The suspected robber had led his gang to raid De-Sholly Filling Station in the area and confessed that it was the manager who told his brother identified as Lucky Egoaho, to assist him to organise armed robbers to snatch the money.
Egoaho it was who then got in touch with Hassan and his gang and they struck on February 23, 2015, and successfully carted away the money. According to the police, Hassan had been on their wanted list for years as he always evaded arrest by disappearing from the scenes of crime whenever his gang is confronted by the police.
The police said that several suspects arrested for armed robbery and cultism in the Badagry axis had often mentioned Hassan as he was said to be the leader of different gangs and had remained elusive until his arrest.
The suspect was apprehended after some of his arrested gang members gave police information about his secret hideout.
Hassan who was described as a notorious criminal, had a penchant for attacking fast food joints and business people heading to neighbouring Benin Republic while his other gang enjoyed robbing filling stations.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Hassam has been shooting from all corners of his mouth at the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, office, about his several robbery operations at Okokomaiko, Ajamgbadi, Agbara, Morogbo and Badagry areas of the state.
"The manager of the filling station gave us information about the large sum of money in the company. He said that his boss was about to take the money to the bank. I swiftly mobilised my members for the robbery attack which was successful. It was the manager’s brother, Lucky, who contacted me.
I got N800,000 as my share from the filling station robbery. In fact, I was the one that shared the money. I used part of my share to rent a house on Ifo Road, along Cele bus stop in Ogun State.
The house was a room and parlour. I bought a motorcycle also. We have carried out six robbery operations. We also operated after attending a function at Gateway Polytechnic in Ogun State.
Some of our friends invited us to the school matriculation. Our friends are cult members. I’m also a member of Eiye Confraternity. In ranking, I’m the fourth man in the cult group.
When we were coming back, we entered a car wash in Ogun State and robbed them of N6,000 and one phone. I feel bad for taking part and leading a robbery gang. The cult I belong to led me into this mess."