Four members of the armed robbery gang suspected to have robbed two commercial banks in Ikorodu, Lagos on June 24, claimed responsibility for other bank robberies which took place in Lagos this year when police paraded them on Monday.
They told newsmen that their gang comprised 18 members and they robbed banks in Lekki, Ijede and Ebute in Ikorodu and also engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering.
Monday Omoboye, aka Alarm Blow, 39; Bright Agbojule, 25; Monday Ikuesan, 37 and Promise Abiwa, 20 were paraded by the outgoing Lagos State Commissioner of Police Kayode Aderanti.
The four were rounded up after a tip-off by soldiers in Ondo State to the Lagos CP that one of the gang members had had fresh mint notes with bank seals on them.
The suspects were rounded up with two Lexus Jeeps and one Infiniti jeep were impounded from them.
In fact, Agbojole said they were “small fries” in the gang and that their leaders were Million and Kakado.
Agbojole, who said he was a timber worker at Ebute Meta before joining the group, said their leaders contacted him a week to the operation, and he joined them because of poverty.
Asked who the woman at the scene of the robbery was with a live snake coiled around her waist believed to be their leader, Agbojole said, “There was no woman in the group. Our leaders are Million and Kakado.
“We planned the operation from Ishawo creeks. It was Million and his men who came to us and told us about the operation. Million brought other guys from Warri.
“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 rifle. We had eight guns and two pump action rifles.
“I am a student of the College of Education, Ekiadolor. I did not follow them to Lekki or any other robbery operations; 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.
“It was Million and Kakado who brought the dynamite used to open the bank doors as well as the guns. They were the ones who also taught us how to use the guns.
“I do not know how much was gotten because the leaders counted and shared the money. My share was N2 million from where I bought a Lexus jeep for N1. 5 million. I bought jerrycan for my brother to start illegal oil bunkering; gave my wife N30,000 for her joint admission 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 police were looking for me.”
Omoboye, a boat operator, in his testimony said he usually ferried the gang to their operations.
Omoboye disclosed that he had participated in all the robberies, adding that he received N400,000 for the Lekki robbery, N400,000 for Ijede and N2 million for the Ogolonto attack, totalling N2.8m.
He said the group usually lodged in places close to their targets, explaining that for the Lekki attack, they camped at Epe.
“We went to Epe 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 stay with me because the gang will contact them and they will now alert me that 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 Ebute business, I was given N2 million.
“I was not the one they called on phone. 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. That is what we do in Ishawo creeks. 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 am into,” he said.