Wednesday, 17 September 2014

This woman abandoned her husband, three kids for armed robbery

A 27-year-old Victoria Amodu and her partner, Ahmed Isiaka, who were part of five-man robbery gang operating along Seme-Badagry- Mile 2 route have been arrested by the Lagos state police command.

They specialized in robbing unsuspecting passengers who board commercial cab along Badagry-Mile 2 route – however, the hands of law caught up with them recently.

They were arrested after a victim whom they robbed reported the incident at the Ojo Police Division which began investigating the activities of the gang. As fate would have it, the female police officer investigating the case at the division was also robbed by the gang when she boarded their vehicle while in mufti.  She was able to get details of the vehicle during the attack and the next day, she arrested the suspects.

Narrating how she joined the gang, Victoria explained, “I was arrested at Dakar Hotel in Seme where I used to work as a prostitute. I am from Edo State. I came to Lagos last February to look for greener pastures when my husband was constantly beating me. We were married for eight years.
I abandoned my husband and three children and came to Lagos with the intention of living under the bridge until I found a place to lay my head. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to sleep under the bridge as I met a lady in a commercial bus I boarded who had compassion on me when she saw me crying in the bus. She took me to the hotel where she was working as a prostitute and introduced me into the league of prostitutes.

“Everything was going on well until Okanlawon patronised me in the hotel. The first time we spent the night together. After that night I didn’t see him again until three weeks later.Weeks later, someone stole my N100,000 from my room in the hotel while I was asleep. While I was still lamenting the loss, the collector of our Esusu contribution disappeared with my N150,000.

“As I was still grieving over the loss, Okanlawon came to the hotel to see me. He told me to accompany him to a night club. Initially I declined but after much persuasion I followed him.
“Instead of going to the club, he took me to his place where we spent the night together. In the morning, he asked me to enter the front seat of his vehicle and he started picking passengers and I asked him why he was carrying passengers but he didn’t respond.

“It was when he and his gang members attacked the passengers that I knew what he was into. I told him I didn’t want to take part in their operations. But he threatened to deal with me, saying nobody would know my whereabouts if I didn’t co-operate with the gang.That was why I had a rethink and continued to participate in robbery operations. The first time I participated, I wasn’t given anything while at two other times I was given N15,000 and N10,000 respectively.”

The case has been later transferred to SARS for further investigation.

Curled from YNaija.