By Aremu Runsewe
A middle age man, Chukwuma Okoro, has allegedly confessed that he was forced into robbery by his wife’s ostentatious lifestyle. He was alleged to have been involved in robbery to enable him pay N300,000 bride price.
Okoro was among four robbery suspects arrested and paraded on Wednesday by the Ondo State Police Command.
Other suspects included: Ezenwa Raphael, Chukwudi Oruma and Thomas Onofuapo.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Femi Joseph while parading the suspects at the headquarters of the Command in Akure, the state capital, said Okoro and other suspects were among the armed robbers who had been terrorising the state in the recent time.
Specifically, he said Okoro allegedly attacked a girl who was carrying a sum of N500,000 to the bank and as he was trying to forcefully collect the money from the girl, he was arrested by passers-by.
The PPRO added that a pistol and five live carriages were found on Okoro.
Joseph said, “Okoro attacked a sales girl who was going to the bank to deposit a sum N500,000. As he was struggling to collect the money from her, the girl raised the alarm that attracted the passer-by who arrested him.”
Okoro, who said he was a vegetable seller in Akure, explained that his efforts to satisfy his wife pushed him to robbery. He said he wanted to pay a N300,000 bride price demanded by his wife’s family.
He said, “ It is my wife that pushed me into it, I have never stolen in my life, this is the first time, she ran away from my house for the past three weeks and I have been begging her to come back, so I started looking for money to pay her bride price before she comes back.”
The police spokesman said the suspects would soon be charged to court, adding that the Command would not relent in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.
Ondo State Police Command has arrested a gang of suspected armed robbers numbering six in Akure, the state capital over the stealing of a brand new Range Rover jeep, 2007 model and one BMW jeep, 2005 model, both unregistered vehicles, which was sold for N800,000.00.
The suspects, who were paraded at the police command, robbed the owner of the vehicles , Mr Napoleon lsaac, along Akure/llesha express road, sometimes in August.
Two of the suspects, Ezenwa Rapheal and Chukwudi Oruma were arrested in Lagos and Ogun States respectively while one of the vehicles stolen, a Range Rover jeep was recovered from them.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Olugbenga Adeyanju, through the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said efforts were on, to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and to also recover the remaining vehicle.
He said that the suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigation.
He later used the opportunity to advice the general public to be security conscious in their dealings and that all robbery cases around them should be forwarded to the police around them for quick intervention.