No bank robbery without insider connection, confesses UNIBEN undergrad student arrested for armed robbery

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Reporter

SAMUEL Oladele was apparently born into a wealthy family of six and was given the best of education money can buy but chose to toe the path of criminality for whatever reason. The 27 year old suspect who claimed to be an undergraduate student of the University of Benin, the Edo State capital,  who was recently arrested by men of the Fderal Anti-Robbery Squad FSARS Ikeja Lagos says he specialized in bank robbery. He said his gang gets information on the movement of money from some of the bankers of targeted banks before embarking on the operation. The Ondo State born suspect who was trailed to his hideout in a hotel somewhere in Lekki, a sprawling area of Lagos confessed to have taken part in so many robbery operations across the country adding that his first robbery operation in one of the new generation banks in Kwara State fetched over N250m where he got N80m as his share while the rest got theirs according to seniority in the gang. According to him, throughout his robbery operations, he sleeps in different hotels to avoid being tracked down by Police detectives adding that as the third in command in their gang, there was an exchange of gun fire with the Police during which three members of their gang were gunned down while two were seriously wounded in a bank robbery operation where they carted away N100m stressing that the banker informant got 10 per cent of the loot. Asked how he was arrested, the visibly repentant looking suspect said that he was inside his hotel suite with two of his female friends cooling off only for some armed men who later turned to be Police detectives to broke into his room and got him arrested. “I was surprised to see SARS officers inside my hotel room all of a sudden. It was shocking. In spite of my plea to accept a big sum form me as bribe they turned it down and still got me handcuffed and taken away on the ground that I had been on a wanted list,” saying further, “They even arrested the two ladies they found with me also, even though the ladies were innocent.” The undergraduate student who spoke fluent English language said he regretted toeing the line of crime instead of reading his books but was quick to add that he would turn a new leaf and preach Jesus Christ if left off the hook. “I am already born again, and if God allows them to leave me I will preach Jesus Christ all the rest of my life,” He pledged.

Some of the suspect and the recovered loot during parade at the Police Hdqtrs Ikeja

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