One of the suspects stated that he did not actively participate in the robbery as he unknowingly drove them with his motorcycle.
There were arrested by officials of the Safer High Way Patrol on Ekakpamre-Jeremi Road in Ughelli South Local Government Area on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Daily Post reported that they were found "with a fabricated single barrel gun with four rounds of cartridges and a double barrel cut-to-size gun."
Usman Ndanbabo, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the state said the boys were apprehended on a motorcycle holding a polythene bag that contained guns.
“The polythene bag contained cut-to-size guns, with one of the bullets already used, indicating that they were coming from a robbery."
“There were four of them who jumped into a swamp but our men pursued them, and could only arrest two."
“The suspects made statements and the command will not relent in its efforts to make the area crime-free.”
Peter, one of the suspects however maintained that he was innocent. According to him, he was just caught at the wrong place and at the wrong time.
“I am a motorcycle rider. The three boys asked me to carry them from Agbarho in Ughelli North to Otujeremi in Ughelli South and I charged them N1, 000. They agreed."
“They appealed to me to tow their motorcycle, which was bad."
“On our way, we saw a police checkpoint. We were searched and two guns and bullets were found in the bags they carried."
“We fled into a nearby swamp and I was arrested”, he said.