My mother warned me! Arrested ‘one chance’ robber laments


Luck has ran out for a one-chance gang member Ajibola Alao, 29, after he was nabbed by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, for dispossessing a lone passenger in his bus of the sum of N60, 000 and two phones.
According to reports, the suspect and his conductor picked up a passenger, identified as Asotie Benedict, at Ladipo and almost immediately robbed him of his valuables- a Blackberry Passport, a Samsung phone and his wallet containing N60,000:00 before forcing him to alight while the vehicle was in motion.
Fortunately, the victim who was not deterred was able to almost immediately flag down an RRS vehicle, Response 091, quickly alerting them of his situation and they chased the vehicle to a halt.
“After throwing me out in motion, they threw N100:00 fare beside me on the road, perhaps, for me to find my way back home. But, I didn’t give up, I chased the danfo bus…. Fortunately, I sighted RRS vehicle, Response 091 and I quickly alerted them and they chased the vehicle to a halt. They arrested Alao, who took all I had on me but the driver and the conductor abandoned their vehicle and escaped.” Asotie said.
Continuing, he added that; “All they took from me were found on him and some additional phones, which he disclosed to the police they took from previous victims of their one-chance operations.”
In his confessional statement, Alao who revealed that he has been in the one-chance business since 2015, said his failure to heed to his mother’s warning to stop ripping people of their sweat has unfortunately landed him in police net.
“I have been in the business of one-chance since 2015. At a point, I stopped and began pick-pocketing, joining buses to Sango, Agege, Oshodi, Apapa and disembarking whenever I had fleeced commuters of their phones and money…. At a time, I was arrested in Mushin Olosa Police station.
“My mum, who was very ill and on admission in an hospital at that time was brought to see me in a chattered car in detention…. She pleaded with the officers and secured my bail. She warned me repeatedly never to take other peoples’ sweat.
“She told me that if I have been using other peoples’ sweat to foot her hospital bills, I should stop it forthwith. She insisted that if I want to live long, I should stop stealing from people. She added that the consequences would be too severe for me if I go back again. Few weeks after the incident, she died,” he disclosed.
SP Dolapo Badmos, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect said he had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, for further investigation.
The Lagos PPRO also noted that the Command will not rest on its oars in nipping in the bud criminal activities in the state.

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