A confessed armed robber who had terrorised Nigeria’s western states in the last few years was paraded by the Ogun State Police Command at the headquarters of the Special Anti -Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on October 28, 2013, Monday.
The robber, who confessed to newsmen revealed that he had killed twenty seven security operatives and was the one that pulled the trigger that fell the former Ogun State Commander of Vehicles Inspection Officer, Yomi Bamgbose.
The 32-year-old had terrorised the entire South West States, including Kwara and Kogi States. He was captured by the SARS operatives at Obele town, a community on the borders between Ogun State and Cotonou, Republic of Benin, on October 25, 2013, Friday. Three of the robbers were killed by SARS during the operation, while three others were arrested, while some of the bandits fled to an unknown direction.
Other members of the robbery gang that were also paraded were identified as Kareem Mumuni, a.k.a. Baba Owo and Lawal Waliu, alias Ijoba.
Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, stated that the gang was responsible for killing over 21 policemen in the region since 2011.
The Police boss further stated that, a cache of arms and ammunition recovered from the gang include two AK 47 riffles, a Wealthier P22 pistol with 49 rounds of live ammunition, 55 live cartridges, two cut-to-size double barrel guns,100 rounds of live AK 47 ammunition, assorted charms and two packets of Lexomil tablets .
The CP also informed that the gang included a female member, identified as Kemi Adesanya, a.k.a. Specia. It was not possible to parade her, as the female gang member was being treated at a hospital of the injuries she sustained during the gunfight with the policemen.
Mr. Okoye also stated that the suspects were also connected to hijack of a Range Rover Sport Jeep from a popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma last August along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
The notorious robber, Adegoke Kasali, who is physically challenged due to burns he claimed to have sustained since his childhood said he regretted his involvement in crime.
“This is the work of the devil. I cannot say why I’m into armed robbery. It’s beyond my comprehension. I’ve lost count of the policemen I have killed, but they can’t be less than seven. I was also part of the gang that killed the four vigilante service men and three petrol attendants in Ifo. That day we operated with Godogodo, Godogodo was our boss and he hated seeing policemen. We also killed two people at the Baptist Church in Sango Ota. I want to advise those still engaged in armed robbery to give up. I have been in this job in the past seven years”, Kasali stated.