Tuesday 7 July 2015

No woman involved in Ikorodu bank robbery-Suspect

After the public parade of four suspected Ikorodu bank robbers, many questioned the whereabouts of the lady many witnesses say led the bank robbery..
        However, one of the suspects,Bright Agbojule, has stated that the group was not led by a woman.
Agbojule is one one of the four persons accused of being members of an 18-man bank robbery gang that attacked banks in Ikorodu, Lekki and Ijede, all in Lagos state
Agbojule was paraded along with Monday Omoboye, 39, aka Alarm Blow; Monday Ikuesan, 37, and Promise Abiwa, 20, by Police Commissioner (CP) Kayode Aderanti, on his last day of duty in Lagos on Monday.
The 25-year old who said they were all boys in the gang, told newsmen that they were led by two men known Million and Kakado, both at large as at the time of filing this report.
He claimed that he was only invited to join the crew a week to the operation, noting that, he was a timber worker at Ebute-Metta and only joined because of poverty.He said
  “There was no woman in the group. Our leaders are Million and Kakado. We planned the operation from Ishawo creeks. Million and his men came to us and told us about the operation. Million brought guys from Warri.
Agbojule Bright
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 College of Education, Ekiadolor. I did not follow them to Lekki or any other robbery 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’s boys who went into the police station; I did not go with them.
“Million and Kakado brought the dynamite used to open the bank doors and 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 for N1. 5million; I bought jerry can for my brother to start oil bunkering; gave my wife N30, 000 for her JAMB 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 the police were looking for me.”
 Omoboye, a boat operator, said he usually ferried the gang for their operations. He confessed 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.
Monady Omoboye
“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 are left to stay with me because the gang will contact them and they will alert me when 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 the Ebute business, I was given N2million.
“I was not the one they called on the telephone. 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. 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 do,” he said
 Ikuesan, another boat operator, said his only role was ferrying the hoodlums after their boat broke down when they robbed the banks in Lekki. He claimed that he operated a gun boat, whose owner contacted him to carry the armed robbers when their boat broke down in February.
“I am not a member of the group but I know I have carried them once. I was contacted by the owner of the gun boat to carry them because their boat broke down in the water.
 The owner was given N400,000 but he gave me N180, 000 and Baba Ibeji added N10,000, making N190, 000. I have never followed them for any operation.”
Briefing reporters, Aderanti said:
 “So, on June 26, one of the armed robbers, Promise Abiwa, was traced to Igbokoda in Ondo State where he was arrested.
“On June 28, one of the key members of the gang Monday Omoboye (aka Alarm Blow) was arrested in his hideout in Ikorodu.
“Monday is the boat operator who drove their speedboats in both the Lekki on June 1 and the robberies on June 24.
“On June 29, at about 4:00 pm, one Agbojule Bright was traced to another hideout and was arrested with a Lexus Jeep, which he bought from his own share of the loot.
“These armed robbers have confessed to various armed robbery attacks both on water and highways across the country. Further investigations geared towards arresting the remnants of the gang is in progress,” Aderanti said.

Culled from PM News/The Nation