June 2, 2016

Hunger drove me back to robbery—ex-convict

File photo: Poverty, hunger in the land

File photo: Poverty, hunger in the land

By Faith Ake                    & Chika Ukele

A robbery suspect, Jelili Bello, 23, has said he went back to robbery because of hunger, when he came out of prison last year.

He was paraded alongside Oluwatomisi Busari, 24, arrested during an operation at Ketu area of Lagos.

Vanguard learned that the suspects, who hail from Ogun State, specialise in snatching motorcycles, bags and other valuables from people. One locally-made pistol and a spanner were recovered from them.

Jelili said: “I went back to stealing because of hunger. When I came back from prison in 2015, I could not locate my gang. So I formed a new one with my friend Tomisi.

“We have successfully stolen five motorcycles which we had sold. We have someone who helps us to sell them at Idi-Iroko.

“He gives us N10,000 each after every sales. However, sometimes, he gives us N5,000.”

Busari, the second suspect, said: “We go out in the evening and stop some of the commercial motorcyclists with offer to pay a huge sum for them to take us to our destination.

“We attack them in deserted areas. If they refuse to part with the bike, we spray pepper in their eyes. If we do not succeed in getting motorcycles, we move to motor parks, where you have large number of people travelling.

“Sometimes, we offer to help them with their bags and luggage, but end up disappearing with their properties.”

The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told pressmen that the suspects will soon be charged to court.”