A robbery suspect, Adeleke Rasaq, was on Sunday arrested along with his accomplice, Lucky John by the Lagos State Police Command.
Both suspected robbers were said to have been terrorising residents of Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba and Egbeda areas of the state before men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Command nabbed them in Abule Egba.
Rasaq confessed to the police that he became a ‘one-chance’ robber to survive after his resigning as a factory worker.
While being paraded before newsmen at the police headquarters, Rasaq said the harsh economic condition in the country had affected their operations, adding that there was no money in the country.
John and I live in Badagry. Every day, we go to Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba, Egbeda to operate.
As soon as we make enough money, we retire for the day. I teamed up with John because picking people’s pockets is not easy. We had to team up to make more money to survive.
We don’t make much money like before. The present economic condition in the country and the ‘change’ has greatly affected ‘one-chance’ robbery; everywhere is dry.
“Since Monday, we have been sharing N20, 000, N30, 000 and N40, 000. Before, when I operate alone, I could make close to N150, 000. Now, things are difficult.
I resigned from the factory where I worked after I noticed that my friends in the Ajegunle area were living large.
“It has been six years since I joined this gang. We don’t call it robbery, we call it hustling.
The state Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the arrests said investigations were still ongoing and both men will be charged to court upon completion.