3-man Robbery Gang Caught After They Stole Bag Of Sanitary Pads

Physinews Reports: Damilola Taju, 20, member of a three-
man robbery gang, arrested by policemen
attached to Ikorodu Division, Lagos, for
allegedly attacking market women, has blamed
his criminal tendencies on frustration.

Meanwhile, the bag they stole from the lady,

who alerted policemen that arrested him,
contained only sanitary pads. And the lady also
hit him on his only good eye, making him pass
out temporarily.

Taju, a Lagos State-born, lamented that he
tried his hands on several menial jobs without
luck. He claimed to have approached one of his
friends, Haruna Abolaji, for financial assistance,
only to be introduced to robbery. Unfortunately
for him, he was arrested on his first day of
robbery.

Vanguard gathered that the suspect went to
Ogolonto area of Ikorodu in the company of
three other persons at 4a.m., where they laid
ambush for women who usually leave early for
market.
Taju & Damilola
They were alleged to have succeeded in
dispossessing two women of cash and other
valuables. They met their Waterloo after the
third victim, who they collected her hand bag,
raised the alarm that alerted an anti-crime
patrol team.

The lady was said to have held on to Taju, until
the arrival of the policemen. Haruna was
arrested, too, while the third suspect, identified
simply as Kazeem, escaped.

‘I was frustrated’
Expressing remorse over his action, Taju
disclosed that when the bag snatched from the
third victim was searched, it was discovered to
contain only the lady’s sanitary pad.

The teary Taju said: “Frustration pushed me
into this. Everybody I approached for financial
assistance gave one excuse or the other. Some
even called me a lazy man.

“Even on this day in question, I stood by to
watch while they were robbing. I was just there
to understudy the strategy.

“After snatching two bags, I begged them for us
to leave, but they said we will not leave until
they get five victims.

“Unfortunately, when the third lady started
shouting, she held my trousers. I struggled
hard to free myself from her and even hit her.
She then hit me on my only good eye.

“As you can see, my other eye is bad. I passed
out temporarily and by the time I regained
consciousness, policemen were there.

“The most painful aspect was that when the
lady’s bag was opened, it was just her sanitary
pads and N20 that were inside. She was not
even with a phone.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai
Owoseni, who confirmed the arrest to
journalists, explained that Taju and his likes
were arrested following intensified patrol
around Ojota, Oregun, Anthony and Oshodi
axis.