It's God's Will That I Become An Armed Robber - Suspect

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A notorious armed robber arrested in Ibadan, South-western part of Nigeria has attributed his fate to an act of God.

A robbery suspect shocked newsmen and the police when he said he believes it’s God’s will that he become an armed robber after he was arrested for robbery barely two months after he left prison for the same crime, according to The Nation.

According to Hussein Mohammed, there is nothing that happens without God’s knowledge as he is the one that created good and evil.

The trio of Salawu Nurudeen, Hussein Mohammed and Ogunbiyi Kola a.k.a. Timmy are ex-jailbirds.

TheNation reports that while Nurudeen left prison in July 2016, the other two came out in August same year. But with their recent arrest along with two others by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Oyo State Police Command, it is most likely that they have paved way for their return to the prison.

According to the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Sam Adegbuyi, Nurudeen (25), Mohammed (35), Timmy (23), Oriowo Ayo (28) and Ahmadu Garuba (30) were arrested in November 2016 for armed robbery.

They had gone to Arafat Area of Saki town and robbed a family of their valuables, including cash, a Toyota Corolla car, phones and laptops at gunpoint.

The victim, Alhaji Badmus (surname withheld), who spoke with Metro said:

“The armed robbers entered my compound in Saki on November 21, 2016 at about 7.45p.m., and held my family members hostage. As I was returning home at about 9.50p.m., I called my wife and daughter, unknown to me that they had been held hostage, though they allowed them to use their phones so that I would not suspect anything.

“As I drove in, two of the armed robbers (pointed at them among the suspects) jumped out, put a gun at my chest and asked me to cooperate with them. As I looked at them, wondering what was happening, one of them said ‘continue looking at our faces; we have been told that you are very stubborn,’ warning me of the consequences of the action I might be thinking of taking as my wife and other children were taken hostage inside the house.

“I surrendered to them and as we entered into my residence, one of them gave me a slap on the neck. They demanded for gold, money, receipt to my plasma TV and wristwatches I bought from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, when I went on holy pilgrimage.

“They asked me to lie down and started ransacking my house. When they were through, they locked me up in a room with my family members and left.

“They went with six phones, my daughter’s laptop, clothings, my wife’s gold jewellery and my car.”

After the escape of the armed robbers, a distress call was made to the police, which was followed up by a unit of SARS at Ogbomoso/Oyo axis, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Recovered from them were an English-made pistol, six live ammunition, a Toyota Corolla car belonging to the victim, a Microsoft cell phone and two wristwatches.