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I started as a petty thief, says suspected leader of bank robbers

A 35-year-year old armed robbery suspect, Ehuiwe Akire, arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team ( IRT ) has confessed that he started his carrier in crime as a petty thief before he graduated into robbing banks and operating with motorcycles.

Police sources described Akire as the leader of a six-man armed robbery gang which he was said to have brokered when he came back from prison.

The gang, according to the sources, specialized in robbing bank customers who had gone to their banks to withdraw huge sums. They also specialized in snatching handbags, phones and cash from passengers on the highways who were going on or returning from distant journeys with huge sums in their travelling bags.

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The gang leader, who said he grew up in Ajegunle, Lagos State, confessed that his gang was the one terrorizing areas like Apapa, Festac, Mushin and Surulere in Lagos State before he was arrested.

He also claimed that his gang was robbing beer parlour customers and people who go to cyber cafes to do one transaction or the other by collecting their phones, money and other valuables.

The suspected gang leader, who allegedly operated with two Beretta pistols, however, denied ever killing any of the gang’s victims with pistols or any gun carried by any of his gang members, stressing that the guns were only meant to intimidate their victims so they would quickly comply with their instructions.

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Explaining how the suspected gang leader was arrested, an IRT source said he was arrested on January 16, 2020 along Isheri-Igando road when they wanted to start an operation at about 4:30 pm. The commander of IRT, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was said to have received an intelligence report to the effect that the gang, which had been on the wanted list of the police, had planned to rob some bank customers.

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