An armed robbery suspect, Sadeeq Wasiu, arrested on Tuesday by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State police command, has confessed that he joined his first gang of robbers three years ago when he was 15 years old.
Wasiu, who is now 18 years old, also admitted being a serial phone thief operating at the Oshodi area of Lagos.
The suspect, who also admitted he had been imprisoned seven times, was re-arrested at the Oshodi Underbridge on Tuesday after many months that he had been on the operatives’ wanted list.
Wasiu, alias “Omo Eiye”, as he is popularly called in Oshodi, was arrested while trying to escape after snatching an Infinix Note 3 from an undergraduate. Before his arrest, he had been fingered to be the mastermind of four phone thefts and two bag snatches in Oshodi.
Wasiu, who disclosed to interrogators that he was released from the Potoki Prison, Badagry, in January 2017, said he ran away from home in Ikire, Osun State when he was 15 years old.
He said: “I was 15 years when I came to Lagos to work as a conductor in 2014. My parents are not aware I am in Lagos. My popular name is Eiye. I steal phones from people at Oshodi. We were three in my gang; others are Ahmed alias Oyi, Tombolo and I.
“We have stolen more than 45 phones as a group and I have stolen countless numbers of phones individually. I sell the phones at Idi-Oro, Mushin. The prices go according to the brand. I sell some for N10,000, while some go for N8,000. I have gone to jail seven times.”
Wasiu added: “I sell Indian hemp too. I buy it in bulk from Spider in Lagos Island and resell in small wraps to over 50 of my colleagues in Oshodi. I can buy N4,000 worth of hemp and break it into small wraps and sell them for N8,000.”
The suspect has been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce in Oshodi for prosecution.