One of the suspects of three different ‘One-Chance’ gangs arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend said the prevailing economic situation in the country has had adverse effects on ‘one- chance’ robbery operations. The suspect, Adeleke Rasaq, 24, was arrested along with his gang member, Lucky John, 22, in Abule Egba, Agbado- Oke Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA). Adeleke, who resigned as a factory worker to join ‘one-chance’ robbery gang stated: “We don’t make much money like before. The present economic condition in the country has greatly affected ‘one chance’ business. We have not been able to make much money, everywhere is dry “. The suspect added: “Frankly, we have not made much money since Monday. We have been sharing N20, 000, N30,000 and N40, 000. Unlike before, when I operate alone, I could make close to N150, 000 daily. Now, business is so difficult. I teamed up with Lucky because pick-pocketing is not easy in Lagos these days. When you toil alone, you might not make much. It has not been easy working independently lately. So, we have to team up to make more money to survive”. Explaining how he joined the robbery syndicate, he stated: “I resigned from the company I worked for when I noticed that a lot of my friends in Ajegunle, who were doing this kind of hustling were living better than a lot of Chief Executives. Every guy does this in Ajegunle. We don’t see it as a crime, it is called hustling. “Both of us live in Badagry. Everyday, we come to Abule Egba, Agege, Fagba, Egbeda to operate. As soon as we made enough money, we would retire for the day. I started following them out. It was in the process that I mastered the act. It has been up to six years that I have been in this trade”, the suspect further stated. Members of the second gang, comprising Ubuke Michael, 26 and Obinna Okoro, 24, were arrested in Gbagada after their operational bus with the registration number, FST 890 XM, had picked up two passengers who were going to Alaba International Market and Ladipo Spare Part Market to buy goods. Ubuke, the leader of the gang, had invited a bus driver and a conductor to join his group in ‘one – chance’ operation.
“I invited a friend of mine who has a commercial bus. He and his conductor are familiar with the operation. I have so many commercial buses that I can call for operation. I call them to join me at a particular location. The driver and conductor do their normal work while we collect belongings of the passengers, drop them off and pass them to the driver to hold on. The two passengers in the bus were our victims.” he said. Ubuke also stated: “One of them came out of bank before boarding our bus while another has bulky pockets. We were about to collect their belongings when we were arrested. We don’t normally carry more than two passengers during operations. Whatever we make, we share with the driver and the conductor but our share is normally more than theirs. It is so unfortunate the driver and conductor of our operational danfo bus escaped”. Confirming the incident, the PolicePublic Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos, a superintendent of Police (SP), said there would be no hiding place for criminals in Lagos State, adding that the suspects would be charged to court when investigations are completed. The suspects have been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.