Wednesday, 16 December 2015

One of the suspects of the ill-fated FESTAC bank
robbery operation that led to the death of a woman
and her months old baby has been apprehended by
the men of the Lagos State Police Command.
The arrested suspects
The police in Lagos have arrested a suspect, Akiri-
Kemepamini Wisdom, who allegedly participated in
the bank robbery in the FESTAC Town area of the
state on Tuesday, October 13, according to the
Punch.
It was learnt that the 32-year-old suspect and one
Diokoro Chinedu, were apprehended by the Igando
Police Division last Tuesday along the LASU-Iba Road,
while 86 bullets and an AK-49 rifle were recovered
from them.
On Wednesday, October 14, the robbery gang
stormed two commercial banks in the FESTAC Town
area, during which a mother and her child were shot
dead.
According to the police, Kemepamini-Wisdom and
Chinedu, who were on an unregistered motorcycle,
were arrested during a stop-and-search, while a third
suspect, also on the motorcycle, escaped. A bag was
said to have been recovered from them.
It was gathered that apart from the ammunition and
the rifle, other items found in the bag were a
Nigerian Army cap, a T-shirt with the inscription,
'Gallant Patrol', and the sum of N134,675.
Speaking with a correspondent, Wisdom, who hails
from the Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo
State, said he and the runaway suspect were given an
instruction by their boss, identified simply as TK , to
take the bag to a man, whose name he claimed not to
know.
He said, "I am a fisherman. It was my friend, Kinikini ,
who carried the bag. We were told by our boss to
deliver the bag to another man. I am an errand boy
to the gang leader. He and his boys stay in the
creeks. He has many guns and I do not know how
many he uses for operation.
"They usually give me about N4,000 for such delivery.
Now that I have been arrested, I know I am dead
because they will be trailing me thinking I have
leaked their secrets to the police."
Chinedu, however, denied being aware of the
contents of the bag, saying he was just a victim of
circumstances. The Lagos State Commissioner of
Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects,
said they were assisting the police with
investigations.

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