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We needed the money to celebrate Christmas – Lagos bank robbery suspects tells Police

Policemen attached to Ilasamaja division have arrested two suspected members of a robbery syndicate that specialise in attacking customers who had gone to withdraw money from banks at Sadiku/ Ilasamaja, along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos.

Following several complaints of attacks, the Lagos State Police Command boss, Edgal Imohimi, directed a 24 hours surveillance around the banks and others along the expressway. Vanguard gathered that immediately a male customer who had gone to withdraw N350,000 stepped out of one of the banks at about 2pm, the suspects: Boniface Ewerem(46) and Joseph,(42) ordered him to bring the withdrawn amount, pointing a gun at him.

One of them according to eye witnesses fired a shot into the air as he snatched the money from the customer and zoomed off in their operational motorbike. Luck however, ran against them as policemen from Ilasamaja chased and caught up with them.

The suspects during interrogation, revealed that they came from Iba area of the state to operate. He said: ”this is my first time. I wanted to use the money I would have collected, to celebrate Christmas. We never had any intention to kill our victims”.

The suspects were immediately transferred to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, as one brown pistol and two life ammunition we’re recovered from them, including the stolen money which has been returned to the owner.

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