A father of three who was arrested alongside three suspected members of a
notorious robbery gang that had been terrorizing Lagos and its environs has
confessed to be the gang’s armourer.
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
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.
I am now a changed man
In this interview with Crime Alert, 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
“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.
“I was arrested because my friend Omoloja, (one of the suspects ) brought a
gun to the Aiye confraternity temple in Isefun Ayobo. Omoloja is a land grabber,
he is also a member of our cult . When I asked him how he got the gun, he
said it was meant for security purpose.
Owing to the fact that I was the third in command, the gun was kept in my
possession . I kept it in an uncompleted building. But I never went to any
operation with them. My involvement is simply because I kept their weapons”.
But other arrested members described his claim as a lie, insisting that he went
with them to the Ayobo operation where some Bureau-de-change operators
were attacked and cash, both in foreign and local currencies carted away. They
also disclosed that three of their weapons were in Ajewole’s possession.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, a Deputy
Superintendent of Police , DSP said investigation into the case was still
ongoing , with a view to apprehending other fleeing members of the gang.