The four suspected members of the dare devil gang that attacked two commercial banks in Ikorodu on Monday have claimed responsibility of other bank robberies recorded in Lagos this year. And also given a detailed account of the operation.
The suspects – Monday Omoboye (39), aka Alarm Blow; Bright Agbojule (25), Monday Ikuesan (37) and Promise Abiwa (20) were paraded by the outgoing Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti.
Their arrest was sequel to the interception of one of the gang members by soldiers who discovered that the hoodlum had mint notes with bank seals o
Following a tip off by the soldiers in Ondo State to the Lagos CP, the four suspects were rounded up
with two Lexus Jeeps and an Infiniti jeep with registration numbers KRD29DA, 642DQ and EKY641DB respectively, recovered.
According to the TheNation, the suspects claimed that their 18-man gang, aside raiding banks in Lekki, Ijede and Ebute (both in Ikorodu) also engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering.
Giving a detailed account on the operation, Agbojole who said they were “small fries” in the gang, told reporters that their leaders were Million and Kakado.
He claimed that he was contacted a week to the operation, adding that he obliged them because of poverty.
Agbojole said he was a Timber worker at Ebute Meta before joining the group.
Asked who the woman was that led the gang, Agbojole said:
“There was no woman in the group. Our leaders are Million and Kakado. We planned the operation from Ishawo creeks. It was Milton and his men who came to us and told us about the operation. Million brought guys from Warri.
It was from the creeks that we planned the whole thing and this is my first operation with them. I was among those who kept watch along the road. I was given a Pump Action gun. We had eight guns and two Pump Action rifles.
I am a student of the College of Education, Ekiadolor. I did not follow them to Lekki or any other robbery operations, but I know it was the gang that attacked those banks.We left very early for the Ikorodu operation and it was some of Million boys who went into the police station, I did not go with them.
It was Million and Kakado who brought the dynamite used to open the bank doors as well as the guns. They were the ones who also taught us how to use the guns.
I do not know how much was gotten because it was the leaders who counted and shared the money. My share was N2million from where I bought a Lexus jeep at N1. 5million. I bought jerry can for my brother to start illegal oil bunkering; gave my wife N30, 000 for her joint exam and also gave my friends money.
I was arrested in Ikorodu where I live. My friend Akpan called me and I didn’t know that it was because police was looking for me.”
Omoboye, a boat operator, in his testimony said he usually ferry the gang to their operations. Omoboye disclosed that he had participated in all the robberies, adding that he received N400,000 for the Lekki robbery, N400,000 for Ijede and N2million for the Ogolonto attack, totalling N2.8m.
He said the group usually lodge in areas close to their targets, noting that for the Lekki attack, they camped in Epe.
“We went to Epe area and lodged there. I was the boat operator and I drove them in all the operations. I don’t usually leave the boat and one or two men stay with me because the gang will contact them and they will now alert me that it’s time to move.
I was contacted about one month after the Lekki operation and informed of the Ijede attack, I got N400,000 each from Lekki and Ijede. But for Ebute business, I was given N2million.
I was not the one they called on phone. It was one of their men before we rode to the jetty side to carry them. My boat is a fibre boat. I usually take them to the creeks in Ishawo but they don’t allow us close to where they share money.
Our business in the creek is illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and armed robbery. That is what we do in Ishawo creeks. I took part in all the robberies because I was their boat operator.
Yes I am married with five children, but my wife does not know what I am into,” he said.