I learnt robbery while in prison – Suspect

A suspected armed robber, Ehuiwe Akire, has been trapped in police net after having a field day in Festac and Apapa areas of Lagos.

Akire, said to be the leader of a six-man gang, was arrested recently by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Response Team.

City Round learnt that the gang’s targets were bank customers who had gone to withdraw huge amounts and commuters waiting for commercial buses at bus stops.

The 35-year-old man was reportedly arrested along Isheri-Igando Road on January 16, 2020 as he wanted to resume operations with his gang members who escaped from the scene on motorcycles.

Akire told the police that he only used guns to threaten his victims and force them to part with their valuables.

Explaining how he got into crime, the father of one said he was an artisan but he was not earning enough income. Akire said while he was on remand in prison, he met inmates who taught him how to make more money through armed robbery.

He explained that he joined a cult group upon his release from prison and formed a robbery gang.

He said as soon as their victims moved away from the bank premises, they would collect the money and escape on standby motorcycles.

Akire said he usually realised between N20,000 and N250,000 on each operation, adding that he made about N1.2m in one of the operations.

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