One of the robbers explained that the prayer was to ensure that only ‘sinners’ would be dealt with by the gang, while the ‘innocent’ would be spared
A suspected four-man robbery gang who allegedly specialized in robbing pedestrians and motorists were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
The ‘religious’ suspects confessed to reporters they usually prayed to God before embarking on an operation.
The suspected robbers, Mutalubi Abdullahi, Ismaila Moruf, Opeyemi Akinyemi and Sarah Emmanuel, were arrested for robbing early morning pedestrians and motorists in the Mile 2 area of the state.
One of the robbers, Abdullahi, explained that the prayer was to ensure that only ‘sinners’ would be dealt with by the gang, while the ‘innocent’ would be spared.
Reports from the Punch say the gang operated on local motorcycles popularly known as okada and used locally made guns to rob.
29-year-old Abdullahi from Igbeti, Oyo State, said he and other members of the gang were driven into robbery by poverty. He said they were careful to rob only those who deserved to be robbed.
He said, “That is why we usually prayed to God before embarking on any operation. The prayer was for God to protect us and to bring only sinners our way so that those who were innocent would be spared.
“I was formerly working as a panel beater in Oyingbo, Lagos State. I started robbing just last year. I have gone on robbery operations about 10 times.
“The gang has three guns. We only use the guns to frighten people. Mile 2 Expressway, Alapere and Oshodi are areas where we operated. The money I made from panel beating and okada riding was not sufficient. That was why I took to robbery.”