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Robbery suspect says parents knew his criminal activities

An armed robbery suspect who is in the net of the Lagos State Police Command has confessed that his parents were aware of his criminal activities.

A suspected leader of an armed robbery gang, Mutiu Rasheed, shocked men of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, when he confessed that his parents were aware that he was an armed robber and tacitly gave him their support.

Rasheed who is now in police custody along with two members of his gang, Ahmed Musiliu and Sodiq Dada, according to the police, have been terrorising residents Isheri-Berger in Lagos State as well as some neighbouring communities in Ogun State until they were nabbed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), on February 5, 2015.

The police report that during interrogation, the suspects were said to have confessed to have organised robberies during which many vehicles were stolen, including a Toyota Highlander, a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Sienna.

In his confessional statement, the 22-year-old Rasheed said that his parents were aware who knew about his robbery operations, had had however warned him to return the guns in his possession, but he refused.

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"I stayed in Ketu with my parents where I worked in an aluminium company before joining the gang.

My mother first knew about this when other gang members came to our house to report to her that I had fled with their guns to Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

She then called me on the phone to return the guns, but I did not listen. I was using the guns to go on operations in the Ijebu Ode area.

When we went out as a gang, we snatched vehicles which were usually Toyota products.

We sold them, but the gang did not give me my correct share.

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Since the police arrested me, my parents have not come to check on me because they are aware of all my activities."

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