A suspected robber, Ayobami Adedeji, has blamed his criminal life on his father, who he claimed never took care of him after the death of his mother.
Adedeji was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command shortly after allegedly robbing a woman of her handbag on Friday at Kola bus stop, in the Alagbado area of the state.
The suspect was said to be in company with an accomplice, identified as Aboki, who, however, escaped arrest.
Adedeji was reportedly chased by policemen, who were on routine patrol in the area at the time of the incident.
The 23-year-old in his statement to the police said he took to crime due to lack of good parenting.
He said, “I was a bus conductor. I went to Kotangora Market to meet my friend, Aboki, to discuss how to raise money.
“At about 2pm on Monday, we perfected the plan to operate together on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, but our focus were Adura and Council bus stops. Our priorities were only handbags and purses. We had snatched two bags and my friend kept the money, before the botched operation. It was the first time we would be doing this.
“I didn’t know RRS operatives were monitoring us. I snatched the woman’s bag and they chased us into the streets. My friend escaped after abandoning his motorcycle, while I was arrested.
“I dropped out of school in SSS 1 after losing my mother. My father was just a ceremonial father. He never cared about me after the death of my mother. He never assisted me; I had to fend for myself after the death of my mother.”
In another development, the RRS said it recovered an AK-47 rifle from three suspects in the Apapa area of the state.
The operatives, who were on routine patrol of the community, reportedly sighted the men at about 11pm on Friday carrying a bag.
The policemen were said to have accosted them to make enquiries on the content of the bag.
“The suspects, on sighting the cops, dropped the bag and fled the scene. We found an AK-47 rifle in the bag. No ammunition was found in the bag,” the police said in a statement.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incidents, adding that while Adedeji had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigations, the recovered rifle had been deposited in the RRS headquarters.