Fair Reward Frustration led me to robbery, says suspect

Speaking concerning how he came to becoming a robber, Ogooluwa told reporters that joined the crime gang after losing his job as the Financial Secretary to the Tricycle Operators Association.

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A robbery suspect, Mojeed Ogooluwa, after his capture by the police has revealed that frustration and the inability to pay his children’s school fees led him to robbery.

Ogooluwa, who was a Financial Secretary of the Tricycle Operators Association in Ketu, Lagos, before he was sacked, is part of a robbery gang that stole from a woman named Mrs. Iyiola Shola, on March 8, 2016, at her residence.

The gang allegedly stole her car, money, jewellery, mobile phone and laptop, report says.

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Stating the motivation behind his involvement in the robbery, Ogooluwa said, “I was an executive member of the Tricycle Operators Association in the Ikosi Isheri Unit, Ketu, Lagos and I held the post of a financial secretary.”

“We are affiliated to the National Union of Road Transport workers and my job was to monitor the movement of tricycles around Ketu and to make sure there was free flow of traffic.”

“I used to earn N5,000 weekly and by the end of the month, I earned another N20,000. But in January, 2016, I was relieved of the job and when it was time for me to pay my children’s school fees, I could not pay again. I became frustrated.”

Speaking on how he joined the robbery gang, he said, “I met one Agu and Mutiu at a smoking joint in the Ketu area of Lagos and they started talking about robbing cars from a house. I told them that I was a good driver and would work for them if they would accept me,”

“We exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet by night.”

“We met at Ketu Bus stop that night and I saw four boys — Agu, Lekan Tesax, Yahoo Foreign and Mutiu.”

“They told me that the house where they wanted to snatch the car from was very close by and we went by foot. I didn’t know the name of the street; it was Agu and Mutiu who took us to the house.”

“Three of us had guns, but I didn’t have any since I was new in the gang. Time was around 1am when we invaded the house through the fence and broke the door, two of us who had guns entered into the house while I waited outside.”

“After a while, they came out, having collected the key of a Toyota Camry from the lady resident and we all drove out in it.”

“On our way, we intercepted another car, a Toyota Corolla, on CMD Road, Shangisha area and we snatched it from its owner. From that point, we proceeded onto the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and we were heading towards Ilorin, Kwara State to sell the vehicles to our buyers there.”

Luck ran out on Ogooluwa and his gang during their trip to Ilorin, Kwara State.

They were attacked by the police after they stopped to eat. One of the gang members, Mutiu, was shot during the process.

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