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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Just back from Ikoyi prisons… 5 suspects nabbed again for robbery

The Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Lagos state police command have re-arrested five ex-inmates of Ikoyi Prisons while they were about to execute a robbery operation which they had planned while still in prison.

The men, Sikiru Adeyemi, Saheed Hakeem, Dosun Patrick, Razaq Olarenwaju, Jamiu Adeyemi, were arrested after a close monitoring by the police after they left prison.

The ring leader of gang, Sikiru Adeyemi,who claims to be a graduate of mass communication from the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro in Ogun state, had earlier been remanded at the Ikoyi prison for armed robbery but was later released on bail and placed on close watch on the instruction of the state police commissioner, Umaru Tanko. His arrest led to the arrest of the other members of the gang. Continue


Narrating his journey into armed robbery, Sikiru said it was when he had the opportunity to work in the military that he got intoxicated by power, believing that whatever he did, he could go unpunished

"I am a graduate of Mass Communication from Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State. After graduation, I was given the opportunity to work in signal office of the military at Mile 2 area of Lagos. It was then that I realised that no matter the offence I commit, if the law enforcer realised that I have a link with the military, they will immediately release me. After spending a year there, I was admitted at the Vogue Interior designer vocational studies centre from 1988 to 1992. Upon my graduation, I practised interior decoration for years till I got a contract from one drug baron. Pleased with my work, we became friends and he introduced me to the business. This illegal business came to an end when NDLEA arrested him in 2000. I was very lucky to have escaped.”
"It was then I remembered how I was above the law when I was working in the military barracks. With the help of my friend, James Imada who was at Maryland barracks, Lagos, I got a fake identity card and uniform. I don’t know how he did it. I used it to escort trucks around Lagos and outside the state. I also used the identity card to stop and search trucks with James till he was transferred to the North to go and fight Boko Haram. All went well till in 2011, when I was arrested at Mile 2, when I stopped a truck as usual. A mobile policeman, who noticed the argument, intervened and I was arrested and remanded at Ikoyi prisons when I could not contact my superiors. While in prison, I met a lot of friends who were jailed over similar offences, I assisted some of them to raise money for lawyers while they gave me their contacts in exchange. We had a comprehensive list of possible places to invade and with the various experiences, how best to go about it undetected. I was released on bail months later when the complainant refused to come to court again.”
Back home, Sikiru went back to what he knows best, impersonating and snatching of cars.
“I needed to survive and the only way was to go back to the same business. Nobody will like to do business with me since I had been to prison before. Business started booming and it got better when I met one Tunde, a dismissed police officer. We exchanged notes and formed a joint task force. All we normally do is to stop a big car and tell the owner that it is a stolen car and that he should come to the barracks for explanation. It was also easier to extort money because anyone that we stop and they discover that I am a soldier while Tunde is mobile police officer, they will panic. He was the one who produced the guns that we used for each operation.”
Speaking about the crime that got him re-arrested, Sikiru said
"I never knew that my name was on the police wanted list. Normally when we want to do bigger jobs, I will always make use of the friends that I made while in the prison. They are the only ones that can keep a secret because of their experience. It was Saheed that contacted me that there was a job. He told me about a man that just returned to Lagos from Abuja with N18million. What we wanted to do was to storm his house and tell him that he is wanted by EFCC, seize everything he has in his house as exhibit and arrest him. On the way, we will drop him off and disappear. I quickly contacted my boys who will play different roles. It was when I went to finalize the sharing formula with the main source of the deal that I was arrested. I knew my game was up when I stepped down from the police van and realised I was at SARS office. This is why I am telling the truth and ready to cooperate with the police in arresting the others and exposing some of the contracts we got from the prison. Am still in shock that I am heading back to jail again. I even pray that I will be arraigned in court, so that my chances of coming out will be high.” he said
As for the other gang members, their stories are similar to Sikiru's.

Saheed, a fashion designer, got jailed because he arranged with robbers to attack one of his richest customers.
“While in Prison, Sikiru was very popular because he had money and everyone wanted to identify with him. He gave us his numbers to contact him when we leave the prison. Weeks after I was released, one of my friends who was still in prison but had contact with the outside, told me that there was a deal. I contacted Sikiru who made the arrangements before we were arrested,” Saheed said. 
Razaq, a mechanic, who spent eight years in Ikoyi prison for conspiring with a gang of robbers to snatch the car of his customer said he was released on compassionate ground by a human rights organization that intervened in 2013 but says the human rights group only made a way for him to be released but was not financially empowered when left prison.
“After 7 years, I returned home to my sick mother who was driven away by her husband because of my attitude. Almighty God in heaven knows that I really wanted to repent but when I realised that life was better in prison than outside, I decided to help myself. All I wanted was to raise money to take my mother to the hospital and start up a business. The human right organisation only helped us to regain our freedom but did not help us to settle down.  I called Sikiru who gave me one or two jobs (car snatching). I was satisfied with the proceed and had started a small business when the police came to my house to arrest me again. I am begging for a second chance, at least for the sake of my mother who is bedridden. I lost my wife while in prison, my father disowned me and my mother will die if I remain locked up. I am sorry.”.
Jamiu spent eight months in Ikoyi prison for robbery and was called upon by Sikiru as soon as he regained his freedom.
“It was my elder brother that processed my bail and till date I have not visited the court. While I was in prison, Sikiru, because he looked like an old man, was very popular. He had money and was not selfish about it. Most of us served him while in prison, so when he called that there was a small business, I had to honour him. He assured me that it was car snatching and that we will not use guns. It was when we got there that I realised that it was full-time armed robbery. After that time, I stopped completely till the police arrested us. I am in trouble because my brother warned me that if I get arrested again, he will leave me to rot in jail, ” Jamiu pleaded.
All five men are now in police custody.

Source: Sunnewsonline

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Again. Pretex4luv@yahoo.com

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CHERRY said...

Good for them.

Unknown said...

Stupidity! U were granted bail nd placed on close and yet u went 4 anoda operation. I guess de robbery has penetrated deep into ur system. See old man with white beards. Y'all really need 2 be punished. I'm out ***CATCH ME IF U CAN*

Alloy Chikezie said...

The long arm of the law has finally caught up with them


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BONARIO NNAGS said...

Prisons are meant to be correctional facilities, but ours is where those convicted of pickpocketing learn how to use guns.
Why won't they resort to crime after gaining their freedom.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Blackberry said...

Shame, they shouldn't be released anymore, else they will commit murder.

Unknown said...

Stupidity! U were granted bail nd placed on close and yet u went 4 anoda operation. I guess de robbery has penetrated deep into ur system. See old man with white beards. Y'all really need 2 be punished. I'm out ***CATCH ME IF U CAN*

Unknown said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Am just wandering hw large this ikoyi prison is....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Debbie Chelsea said...

Na wa oooo

Anonymous said...

Too bad #bright bravo#

Anonymous said...

Seem like they are destined to be criminals.
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Kampala1 said...

Look at their pathetic faces,,crime is already encrpyted in their DNA..Only God can save them now.

Anonymous said...

they should be arraigned,and the judge should not tender justice with mercy

Esther said...

Na wa ooo,I don't feel any pity for them becos most of them don't have human sympathy either am very surprise dat dey are not even blaming it on d devil becos dat's wat dey do. Watever d case maybe dey shouldn't have gone back to robbery,pls let d law take its place. Cgestheruko@gmail.com

Steveosky 4 Real. said...

Unrepentant souls . Let them not see the heavens again.!!!

Anonymous said...

From jail they came to jail they return
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Esther said...

And its not fair to d victims also,do they even care d condition d victim,dey jst steal&go,most of d victims d car dey took 4rm dem was deir only car,or d moni dey took was already planned for even though dey had more dan enough dere's still no excuse to rob a person. Cgestheruko@gmail.com

Unknown said...

dis one na curse frm d lineage mixed wit witches frm dier village! smh

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm guessing Sikiru is the bald bloke with grey beard. He looks like the typical Yoruba king-pin.

Unknown said...

They shld remain locked

Unknown said...

Una never halla...na jail una go die.


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Anonymous said...

A human rights organization fighting to release prisoners? That made me so mad.band he's begging for another chance because of his mom? What about all the other chances he had?? Psychopaths, they will say whatever it rakes to be let go, only so they can go back to what they were doing. The police should not let this fool out of their sight.

ary said...

Good

Anonymous said...

They shld jst go and kill dem,so thieves can reduce and that can reduce over population in prison yard,there is no excuse for a thieve,I lost ma car 3wks ago to thieves,packed in my compound and b4 day break,the car was gone,received a msg frm sme1 claiming to be a police officer that my car was recovered in a robbery attack and that I shld pay 25k bfore ma car and case can be transfered frm edo state to lagos state,that again turn out to be a scam and hv since written to special fraud unit bt yet to hear frm them,imagine me paying the moni,that's double trauma,so I don't pity thieves at all.ripaye@yahoo.co.uk

Desmond 2 d G said...

They give u guys the second chance.....maybe the second coming will be to wipe the entire nigerians out...

Ogeh Akpevwe said...

Once a thief, always one. Jail term is just giving criminals time to cool off, when they get back they only pretend for sometime, but truth is they wish they can get back at the society who supposedly 'took' their lives from them.I guess these ones couldn't wait.I hope they get what they deserve.

CROWN said...

Na wao...may God deliver your soul#glo for life#

#king said...

its in him..even if u guys lock him up n release him..expect him to go back to robbery..............................................#KingOfKings

Anonymous said...

This time it will be a life imprisonment into the University Of disobedient children.










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Amarachukwu. said...

Criminals..

Daisy said...

Linda ur story (news) dese days ar too long. I don't even have time to complete it. Pls make it short. Next please

Anonymous said...

Oo yes,human rights groups help release prisoners dummy,cs sm pple spend up to 10yrs awaitng trial..wile sm r innocently thrown into prison.....As fr dse 5,i hope a proper trial is given so we cn put an end to dier nuisance.We all kw d penalty fr armed robbery is d death sentence.



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Lady kim kim said...

Mad pple.I wonder ow sum men thinks,dou it's nt easy to live without notin bt der is always a choice which is nt this kind of choice that will get u into trouble

Anonymous said...

its just a lie.is matter is like that of a goat if u beat it .it wil not stop.

Anonymous said...

and some of them had good jobs before going to jail#greed..patoswife@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Hmmmmn God help dem everyday is for the thief one day is for the owner

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Swagg isimemen said...

Everyday 4 thief One day 4d owner nd they can't change no matter what becos is already in there blood...... Bestbobby19@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Graduate of mass comm frm fed poly ilaro ogun state? That's no true! Mass com is nt offered @ fed poly ilaro cos I graduated frm d sch last year

Anonymous said...

This is what will happen if the BH prisoners are released. They will go back to the trade.

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jbankzE said...

Dey tot crime is d way abi,I dnt pity any of dem...... Dey cn hang or kill dem fr al I care. I gat beta finz 2 fink abt

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APPLE said...

Once a criminal always a criminal.

Olubukola Ozone said...

Dey no fit hear word... U no see dem faces

Anonymous said...

Every day is for thieves, one day for d owner. U go rot in prison

Anonymous said...

Oloshi must u bring tribes into dis mofo
Ola Brampton say so

Anonymous said...

Yorubas too like robbery n juju. hahaha ofe n'manus!

Anonymous said...

Too bad but wateva goes around comes around

Anonymous said...

Many men..battle is served chilled...what else could they be planning for? @Fortunedexcel

Unknown said...

Mshewwww!

Oskirin said...

sorry man.i feel ur pain.but cum 2 tink of it,dnt u av insurance cova (comprehensive)? If u do,make sure u report it 2 d insurance coy so dt dey can pay u back.but,if 2 say na 3rd party,dnt report.coz d 3rd party cova 3rd party liabilities.e.g.death or damage 2 3rd party propaty. as 4 ds thieves,it's in dia blood.i doubt if dey will eva change.let d law take it due cause.

Unknown said...

Being in Jail is they calling.gudluck guyz.

Anonymous said...

Please Linda I need you to tell us where in federal polytechnic is the department of mass communication,well federal polytechnic ilaro doesn't offer mass communication course.

BB

dessymal said...

That's what happens when you enter any Nigerian prison it won' taje long nd u'll b bk...
Nigerian Prisons motto..."Turning suspects into hardened crimnals"

dessymal said...

That's what happens when you enter any Nigerian prison it won' taje long nd u'll b bk...
Nigerian Prisons motto..."Turning suspects into hardened crimnals"

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Unknown said...

These robbers are very stupid, so if everybody should go into crime because of circumstances what would d society turn to?

Bony bony said...

You guys have no excuse. You all shld go to d jail

Unknown said...

Linda wetin I do u? Post ma comment na

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