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‘My Parents Forced Me into Robbery’ – Nabbed Suspect Spills

‘My Parents Forced Me into Robbery’ – Nabbed Suspect Spills

A 24-year-old robbery suspect, Lekan Jimoh, who was arrested while allegedly preparing for another robbery operation in the Orile area of Lagos, has said his parents forced him into the illicit act by not assisting him to get needed equipment to practise after completing his vocational training in carpentry.

Jimoh said his boss at the carpentry workshop sent him away around March 2015 for failing to buy the required tools and he subsequently resorted to robbery.

He confessed to have participated in five robbery operations, where he made at least N30, 000 each.

He told Punch: “I started learning carpentry after finishing from secondary school. But when I was through, there was no money to buy the tools. My parents did not assist me in any way. Their irresponsibility forced me to go into robbery. My boss also sent me away from work, warning me to keep off until I got the money to commence work.

It was one of my friends who introduced me to the gang. We were going for operations in the Ajah area. I went for only five operations. I was given about N30,000 after each operation along with victims’ phones.

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I promise not to rob again if I regain my freedom. I am married with a child, and he is just a year and two months old. The police have not been feeding me; I am extremely hungry inside the cell. I have learnt my lesson.”


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