I started robbing when I was seven – Suspect

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Robbery suspects, Yusuf Lawal and Taju Alabi

A 20-year-old robbery suspect, Yusuf Lawal, who was recently arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, says he started robbing at the age of seven, according to the Punch.

It was learnt that Lawal, aka Eletu, and another member of his gang, Taju Alabi, aka Kolo, were arrested in the Ebute Meta area of the state. Events about their escapades unfolded when officers of the Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, were patrolling Kadiri and Kano streets around 4am and then heard an irresistable cry for help.

A group of robbers, numbering 19, were said to be operating in the community at the time. The police, while responding to the call for help, arrested 20-year-old Lawal. He was said to be dispossessing a victim of money, phones, and other valuables. His accomplice, however, stabbed the victim and fled the scene.

Lawal, who is the only child of his parents, was taken to the SDCI for interrogation, during which he led the police to make other arrests. The Lagos State indigene said he started with petty robbery and refused to stop even after his father had told him to.

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The father of one said he turned out badly due to peer pressure. He said, “I am the only child of my parents. I grew up not knowing my mother, who died when I was still a child. I don’t know what my father does for a living.

“My father could not correct me because I always overpowered him whenever he attempted to do so. I later ran away from home and started living with a friend in Idi-Oro, Mushin.

“I started robbing when I was seven after I quit primary school. My friend, Sule, introduced me to robbery and we always went out to rob residents. We stole phones, money, and other valuables.

“Also, we usually rob very early in the morning. I will turn a new leaf if the police can release me.”

There was a mild drama when the second suspect, Alabi, denied knowing Lawal and said he had never participated in any of the robberies. Both culprits are currently being prepared for prosecution in court.

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