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
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
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
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


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