Robbery suspect denies confessing to police

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A robbery suspect who was paraded by the Lagos State Police Command has contrary to police statements, denied being an armed robber.

Uche Okeagbu, 23, who was paraded alongside Emmanuel Ezeani and Chinonso Nwagwu, maintained that he was arrested because his elder brother was also a robbery suspect.

“I used to see my brother with them (the two suspects) but I did not know that they were armed robbers,” Mr. Okeagbu told journalists.

But the police insisted that, during interrogation, Mr. Okeagbu confessed that he was an armed robber.

The police said that it was actually Mr. Okeagbu’s arrest that led to the arrest of the other suspects. Upon interrogation, Mr. Okeagbu allegedly revealed to the police that he was a part of the gang that robbed a bank at Shere, Kwara State.

The police also claimed that Mr. Okeagbu confessed that he received about N2million from their various robbery operations.

For Mr. Nwagwu, 23, the police said that he confessed to taking part in bank robberies in Edo, Kogi, Osun, and Ondo states.

The police said the trio is part of a gang that unleashed terror on the state two weeks ago.

The police also said they recovered some weapons from the men, including rocket launchers, about 10 thousand live ammunition, nine AK 47 rifles, 225 AK47 loaded magazines, two general purpose machine guns, dynamites and a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

The State Anti-Robbery Squad said that they recovered two buses, “specially built for hiding weapons, which served as an armoury for the suspects.

The weapons and vehicles were recovered at Ilembe Hausa, Ajangbadi, a Lagos suburb, according to Umar Manko, the state’s Police Commissioner.

Mr. Manko promised to apprehend the other members of the gang now at large.