I am now a pastor, not a robber – suspected gang’s armourer

A father of three, who was arrested alongside three suspected members of a notorious robbery gang that had been terrorising Lagos and its environs, has confessed to be the gang’s armourer.

An armed robbery suspect

An armed robbery suspect

The 32-year-old suspect, Sunday Ajewole, also disclosed during interrogation at the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud, Ikeja, Lagos that he usually hid the gang’s weapons in an uncompleted building in Ayobo area of state, at the end of each operation.

Preliminary investigation also revealed that Ajewole, a drop out from the Osun State College of Technology, is a member of the Aiye confraternity.

Members of the gang according to the Police, have allegedly participated in several operations ,where vehicles were snatched from their unsuspecting owners at gun point. They were also alleged to have been responsible for some of the bank operations as well attacks on Bureau-de-change operators in Lagos and Ondo states.

Police sources hinted that “ the gang robbed a bank in Ondo state recently and a bureau de-change office in Ayobo” .

They however met their waterloo, after the Lagos State Police Command got wind of their hideout somewhere around Gowon estate, consequent upon which the command boss, Kayode Aderanti, detailed operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad,SARS on their trail.

Operatives were said to have stormed a hotel in Gowon estate, Egbeda, where three suspected members of the gang were arrested. Three operational vehicles suspected to have been stolen , were reportedly recovered from them.

Their confessional statement reportedly led the operatives to a social gathering at Ayobo,where Ajewole, said to be spraying money on the celebrate was arrested. A cut -to- size locally made double barrel gun and some live cartridges were reportedly recovered from him.

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I am now a changed man

The father of three displayed rare boldness as he declared that he had turned a new leaf while in the cell, announcing to the surprise of all that he had been ‘anointed’ to be a Pastor.

Hear him: “ I know I have sinned . But God has forgiven me. Today, I am a changed man . I am not only born again, I am one of the Pastors in the cell! If I come out of this alive, I am going to continue preaching the gospel of God.

Yes! I was once a cultist. But that belongs to the past because God has forgiven me.

“I joined the cult four years ago after my friend, Tunde, initiated me. I was compelled to join because business was no more booming. I own a house in Ayobo, a suburb of Iyana Ipaja,which was built ten years ago, while I was working in a filling station. Three years ago, I sold my golf car and used the proceed to build a shop in front of my house.

“I went into supply of kerosene and diesel in Ayobo area of Lagos. But all of a sudden, things began to fall apart.

 

SOURCE: Vanguard Media

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