A suspected armed robber has said that he and other members of his gang decided to rob during the Yuletide in order to celebrate the period like the rich in the society.
One of two suspects arrested by the gallant operatives of the Imo State Police Command, identified as Ugochukwu Nnaji, has confessed that he and other members of his gang decided to rob during the Yuletide in order to celebrate the period like the rich in the society.
The suspected armed robbery gang who specialised in trailing and dispossessing unsuspecting bank customers of their money were arrested by the police after they allegedly attacked a new generation bank and carted away a huge sum of money.
In an interview with Southern City News after they were paraded by the Imo State Police Command in Owerri, Nnaji said the coming of Christmas and New Year usually reminded them that it was time to rob bank customers and enjoy like the rich within the period.
He pointed out that the money they made from menial jobs was always not enough for them to live big like wealthy people, adding that they had been in the “business” (robbing bank customers) for a long time.
“We do it in every festive period, especially Christmas and New Year to also celebrate the period lavishly like others, who have made money.
“The menial jobs we do would not make us be in line with others during the celebration,” Nnaji, who was arrested on Friday alongside his friend, Chibueze Mgboji, told newsmen.
While briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters, Owerri, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, confirmed that the suspects were apprehended while escaping with money stolen from a Fidelity Bank customer in Ikenegbu, Owerri.
The CP, who stated that the alarm raised by the victim attracted operatives of the police, said, “They were immediately given a hot chase and were apprehended.
“Their loot was instantly recovered as they tried to escape. The two suspects, who have confessed to the crime, will soon be charged to court,” he said, noting that the criminals rode on a motorcycle, and that the two suspects had earlier monitored another bank customer and snatched his bag containing N150, 000.
Lakanu said, “Immediately he came out of the bank with a bag containing money, the duo, operating on a motorcycle, waylaid him and snatched the bag.”