19-year-old leader of a four -man -armed robbery gang, Ahmed Akinade, has disclosed that they had concluded plans to quit armed robbery because of the high risk involved before they were suddenly arrested.
Akinade and two of his gang members were recently arrested by the police.
He, however, lamented that their late boss who recruited them into the armed robbery business told them that robbery was one of the easiest way to get rich, which he later discovered that it was not so.
‘’I was a driver at Badagry road and Taiwo (a member of the gang) was my conductor. I initially learnt carpentry at Osogbo but when I came to Lagos there was no carpentry work, I therefore started as a conductor before I learnt driving while Taiwo was a mechanic who helped me repair my bus.
“We later became friends. One day I met my late boss who was my senior at the place I learnt carpentry work and he introduced me to robbery,” he said.
The armed robbery gang leader who regretted his involvement in the deadly act, said that he was further deceived by the riches his former boss had acquired.
“Indeed he was rich with a fine jeep and a house at Agbara, Ogun side of Lagos. I was happy that he had offered to help me. He asked me to bring another person and I quickly called Taiwo. We started and the first day was interesting as I was given N25,000 cash. Unfortunately, the man later died in a robbery operation and I took over the headship since I was the one who brought other members of the gang into the business.
“ We later changed to picking pocket because nobody was bringing job for us and we did not have guns. We resorted to the using cutlass,’’ he explained.