How we rob ATM users – Robbery suspect

A 25-year old armed robbery suspect has told operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command how his gang robbed about 35 Automated Teller Machine users in Alaba Rago Market, Ojo area of Lagos., the police said.

Gbenga Babatunde, who was arrested after a failed bid to rob a lady who withdrew an unspecified amount of money around 5:48 a.m. at an ATM point in Alaba Rago Market, was chased by the operatives patrolling the area, during which a ‘cut-to-size’ locally made short gun with two live cartridges were recovered from him, the police said.

In a statement on Sunday, the police said the suspect had an accomplice whose name was given as Samson Baba Ramadan, 28, who managed to escape after the botched operation.

The police said Mr. Babatunde owned up to the crime at the RRS Headquarters in Alausa, adding that it was his accomplice, who is now at large, that introduced the crime to him.

“I have been in the crime since I met my colleague, Samson Baba Ramadan. I met him at Field Joint, Alaba, two years ago and since then we have been working together,” said Mr. Babatunde.

“We have robbed about 35 people together. We would have gotten to the ATM point by 4:00 a.m. We would hide inside the shop that is not open beside the ATM point.”

The suspect said as soon as a potential victim withdraws money, they would accost him or her, collect the money and escape.

“The last money we collected was N40, 000. Yesterday, we collected N12, 500,” he said.

“This morning, we wanted to collect money from a lady. That lady ran away. We thought she had gone, not knowing that she went to inform RRS. This was around 5:00 a.m. They pursued us and arrested me but my partner escaped.

“I don’t go home. I sleep in Osankwa Hotel, Alaba Rago. It is only whenever I don’t have money that I go home. I have no wife and no child.”

Also recovered from the suspect were a First Bank Mastercard belonging to one Iweka Christopher Uchenna and a Diamond Bank debit card owned by one Nkechi Esther Idoko.

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the arrest, noted that the police would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring that suspected criminals are brought to justice.

The case has been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution, the police said.


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  • busayo

    You don’t go home …you sleep in the hotel…then you only go home when you don’t have money….na waoooo….so yo think business will be Rosy all day….so meaning no savings…. Later people like you will be shouting buhari….mtcheeeeew

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  • sammyctu ode

    It’s we the hard working unprotected citizens that are suffering all these thefts, kidnappings, armed robberies, etc while those who loot, steal trillions are well protected. We can’t continue to go on like this forever where all IGPs can never be innovative to protect ordinary citizens. These types of boys who rob us daily must be wasted cos soon they will graduate to be armed robbers, rapists of our innocent women and be high grade kidnappers.

  • Otile

    Instead of combating robbery and other crimes the Presidency are busy doctoring old pictures of Imam Buhari, writing fake stories about the health of the man to deceive people that Imam is hale and hearty.

  • Peaceometer

    Power of a woman.

  • dave jacob

    I wonder why people will be using the ATM machine as early as 5/6am. It is foolhardiness!!!

    • aisha ani

      Thank you, it does not make sense at all.

  • John Christian Alex

    Going to physically withdraw money at an ATM is not a smart thing to do. If we plan our day we can cash money the previous day so we can use it the next day. There is also the bank mobile app which is another way to transfer money around and in Lagos almost every where you need to physically use cash have POS machines so why wake up at such odd hour to withdraw cash?