An armed robbery suspect, Joel Eghon, 38, has told the police how the training he received while in prison for a similar offence made him a hardened criminal upon his release. Part of what he learned, he Eghon confessed, was how to perfect his criminal antics to avoid police arrest. He was member of a robbery gang paraded by the Police in Lagos. Others were Ifeanyi Onwuegbuchi, 34, Solomon Igwe,32, Emmanuel Ifeanyi, 34, Ejike Emegwo, 3, Leonard Afoaku and Dike . While Dike, a purported chieftaincy holder, led and supplied the gang with weapons, Afaoku, a businessman, would buy and sell the stolen items they brought. Dike, 55, said he became entrenched in the gang activities because he profited from it. Similarly, Afoaku confessed that although he found that the suspects were armed robbers, the profit he made from the goods he received from them was irresistible for him to quit.
Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, Cornelius Aderanti, who supervised the parade of the suspects before journalists, explained they smashed the gang, with the collaboration of the state Anti-Robbery Squad, through a decoy operation.
Aderanti stated that, specifically, on 20 September, he received a distress call that robbers had snatched a Toyota Hiace bus around Ebute-Metta area of the state, and planned to carry out further robberies. He said he alerted the special robbery unit and the gang were intercepted. Items found on them include
car engines, female bags, shoes and motor gear, while a Barretta pistol, with serial number P17531, and ammunition were recovered, too. The suspects pleaded for mercy, promising not to return to crime if released.