A 23-year-old fashion designer, Adeshina Adeyemi, who was recently arrested while fleeing an armed robbery scene, says he accompanied his friend, Chibuzor, to rob because he pitied his poor condition.
According to reports, Adesina and Chibuzor robbed a building behind his own home at Adeniran Ajao Estate, Maryland in Lagos state over the weekend and while they were still stealing some items, the occupants of the house saw them and raised an alarm.
As they fled the home, they were apprehended by the security officers in the area. Adesina who was paraded before newsmen at the state police command in Ikeja, said he went with Chibuzor because he wanted his broke friend to have some money.
According to him: “When we got to the building that night, I wore a hood to cover my face in order not to be identified because it is my territory. We entered through the kitchen window and made straight for the sitting room. My friend collected an iPad he saw in the sitting room.
As we were contemplating on which of the bedrooms to go into, a lady came out and raised the alarm on sighting us. This was followed by an alarm bell, which vibrated in the vicinity. At that point we fled in different directions. I jumped through the fence into our building, forgetting to remove my hood.
Our gateman, who sighted me, ran after me and caught me. He collected the axe I went with and held me until other guards came around. By the time they removed the hood, they discovered that I was the one. I have brought shame to my family members.
This is the first time I would be involved in a mess like this. I went with my friend, who was in dire need of money. He has been complaining bitterly about the need, that at a point he said the only solution would be to go and rob. He begged me to go with him and also promised to share whatever we get there. The plan was to tie occupants of the building down and collect all their cash, phones and other valuables.
I was with an axe while Chibuzo was with a cutlass. We went with weapons to defend ourselves. But fear made us take to our heels when the alarm was raised because we are not professionals. The most painful aspect of it is that Chibuzo whom I followed out of pity, escaped while I am left to pay the price.” he said.