I don’t know what came over me, says Suspect

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One of the three robbery suspects arrested by Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives, Rasak Adebola, 22, has said he regretted participating in the crime.

The operatives arrested Adebola, Moshood Olowu, 24 and Olasunkanmi Ogundipe, 26 between Friday night and early Saturday morning in separate robbery incidences.

Olowu and Ogundipe, both attendees of Felabration separately, robbed two commuters in Ojota and Ketu.

Adebola was arrested in Ikate by RRS patrol team after snatching a hang bag belonging to one Helen Susan in traffic in Ikate.

RRS quoted him as saying: “I was going to Ajah to retire for the night. Just before I got to Chisco around Maroko around 11pm, I snatched a lady’s bag. I attempted to escape but the RRS men were in my front, I waited and handed over the bag.

“I don’t know what came over me. I had only N200 on me. I have been waiting for traffic to build up. I have never been imprisoned before. I plead for leniency. I won’t repeat it again.

“I was a motorcycle rider in Shomolu. I came to Ajah to learn carpentry and get serious.”

Olowu said he and his two other accomplices, now at large, left New African Shrine in Alausa Business District, Ikeja, and were heading for Ikorodu through Ojota when they committed the crime.

He said: “We were at Ojota about 5am after leaving the Felabration venue to board a bus to Ikorodu. I dipped my hand into another passenger’s pocket when we were rushing the bus. I removed his phone and passed it to my colleague, Ayobami and Jide.

“The owner held my hand and prevented me from joining the bus. Ayobami and Jide, who I gave the stolen phone to, ran away while police arrested me.’’

Olajide said he was in company of nine other accomplices from New African Shrine when they accosted one Pastor Adetayo Samuel waiting to board a bus to Ibadan around 5am at Old Toll Gate Ketu, collected three mobile phones from him and N6, 000.

“We fled the scene immediately and we broke into three groups. We were trailed by RRS patrol team who received complaint from our victim. They arrested me while I was trying to board a bus to Ibafo,” he said.

Police spokesman Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP), said the three suspects would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation and prosecution.

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