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Responsible Criminal 'I have family commitments, so I rob to meet them' - Suspect

An armed robbery suspect has told the police that he had to rob to take care of his siblings after the death of his parents.

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Solomon Ajayi and his gang members play

Solomon Ajayi and his gang members

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A 25-year-old armed robbery suspect, Solomon Ajaiy, has told operatives of the Lagos State Police Command that as a responsible older brother, he had to take care of his siblings after the death of his parents and as such, he had to take to robbery to meet those needs.

Ajayi and some members of his gang, including Williams Momodu, Kazeem ganiyu, Seun Ariyo and Elijah Dada, were arrested on Sunday, May 24, 2015, after they had been unleashing terror on residents of Ijanikin area of the state.

The police reports that the gang which has branches in other parts of the state, is said to have up to 40 members that allegedly operates in in areas like Ketu, Iyana Ipaja, Alasia, Iyana Era, and Magboro as well as other parts of the state where they rob residents and commuters.

On how Ajayi and the rest were arrested, the report say that the gang had stormed Palace Road and Amosugboro streets in the Ijanikin area, and carted away money and valuables.

It was the Anti-Robbery Squad from the Ijanikin Police Division which received a distress call, that swooped on the gang and arrested them

Ajayi, an indigene of Oto-Awori, Badagry, confessed that his gang had planned the robbery while they drank and smoked at the Egun festival held in Badagry town recently.

"I had no option because my parents are late and I am the first child. In 2010, I also joined a cult group in the area. I belong to the Eiye Confraternity. As a result of the death of my parents, I dropped out of school in Senior Secondary School Class 2.

I tried to learn welding, but it was not successful. Then, I joined the robbery gang. I am not the leader of the gang; the name of the gang leader is simply Dollar.

It was at the Egun festival in the Oto-Awori area that we planned the operation. We drank and smoked hemp during the festival. At about 8 pm, we left for the Ijanikin area. We were about 40 persons. We robbed till dawn.

Some of the gang members entered shops, restaurants, and stores to loot property. But in the process, I was arrested by the police. It was about three weeks ago that I returned from prison. I started robbery two years ago."

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