Three members of a robbery gang allegedly terrorising communities in the Agbado area of Ogun State have been arrested by the police while arguing over their loot.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the miscreants, led by Elede and Ramoni, had robbed some houses in Owonikoko and Ayinla areas around 2am on Monday, stealing money and phones, among other household items. They were said to have converged on a street in Ayinla to share their loot when an argument ensued among them over the sharing formular.
A resident on the street reportedly put a distressed call across to the police, who mobilised to the area and arrested three of them.
Twenty-one-year old Elede, who hails from Ekiti State, confessed to the crime, adding that he had been into robbery for three years. He said,
“I was initially selling cannabis, but I joined a robbery gang three years ago when I was not making enough money from the drug. We were seven in number bearing Oyenusi; I am Oyenusi 07. We robbed a banker of N7m early this year around RAFCO, Agbado. We killed him because he confronted us. I got N650,000 in that operation. The six others have been killed.
“We were six in the Monday night operation. I was given four phones and a sum of N2,000 as my share. There was an argument between Ramon, Sule, J.J, Absorber and I over the sharing formula. We were on it when the policemen came. Ete was not involved but he is my friend.”
Yekini, a 28-year-old indigene of Ibadan, said he took to robbery to raise money to pay the rent for the shop, where he worked as a barber.
He said, “I was introduced to the gang by a friend called Anu when I told him I needed N24,000 to pay my shop rent. I tried in vain to borrow the money from my neighbours.
“This is my first operation and my role was to stay outside to watch for other members robbing residents. I collected the four phones and N500 they gave me without arguing with them. I really regret what I did.”
Ete, who is a cobbler, said he was not culpable of the offence, adding that he was just a friend of Elede. However, the police said his fate would be determined after the investigation.
The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest.