By Ifeanyi Okolie
When the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Philips, freed 233 inmates from the Kirikiri Prison, in September 2012, she urged them to go and sin no more.
However, barely one year after, one of the inmates, Musa Ojo, has been arrested for alleged armed robbery.
Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, said they reportedly arrested Ojo and two others, now at large, on September 14, after they snatched a Toyota Corolla car at gunpoint.
Police sources told Vanguard that SARS men, who were on patrol at the Ijesha end of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, saw the robbers and chased them.
The sources said: “The suspects jumped out of the vehicle, when the heat became too much, and took to their heels.”
Ojo, was, however, arrested and the vehicle recovered, while the other two escaped.
The suspect admitted to Vanguard that he spent one and a half years in prison before being pardoned along with 232 others by the state Chief Judge.
The suspect said he went back to robbery because he was tempted by his colleagues and undercover agents.
He said: “I dropped out of school in JSS2 and became an apprentice mechanic but I did not complete my training. After sometime, I got a girl pregnant and became a father with responsibilities.
“Unfortunately, my father is dead and my mother is old so I have no one to help me.
“After leaving prison, I started receiving calls from people that they needed vehicles and I was short of money.
“So, I told myself that if I could steal just one car, I would be okay. I did not know that the police had been on my trail from the day I was released.”