Four members of an armed robbery gang who specialize in raiding homes after switching off the generating sets have been nabbed in Lagos.
Members of the gang including Akin Ayotunde, Isaac Ogbonna, Sola Dede and Sodiq Lawal, were arrested in the Ikorodu area of the state by a team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), of the state command.
The robbery suspects were arrested on Thursday, August 25, 2016, when they invaded the apartment of one Bello Hakeem in the Igbe area, where they had spent six hours ransacking his house, before making away with his car, generator, phones, ATM cards, modems, laptops, cash, and jewelry.
They later withdrew the sum of N100,000 using one of the ATM cards they had stolen from Hakeem.
The leader of the gang, Ayotunde, 27, while confessing to their activities, said:
“I used to sell garri with my grandma in a market before a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, demolished shops in the market. I tried another job, but it didn’t work.
I then sold the idea of robbing houses to my friends and we agreed to use only knives and not guns. We always lurk around developing areas in Ikorodu at night, look for any house that had its generator on, scale the fence and put off the generator."
"When the occupants of the house come out to check the generator, we attack. We made N60,000 from our first operation in March.
I was arrested when the man whom I had given the man’s car to called me that he had found a buyer. He said the buyer had paid N700,000 for the vehicle and that I should come for my share.
We agreed to meet at a restaurant in Ojota. But on getting there, I discovered that it was a setup and I was arrested.”