The long arm of the law has caught up with a 27-year-old man simply identified as Nnamani after his arrest by men of the Lagos State Police Command for his alleged involvement in armed robbery and cultism.
In his confessional statement, the suspect who said that he was recently deported from Malaysia revealed that on his return, he got initiated into a cult group at the Alaba International Market in Lagos called Banger.
Reports say the arrest of the suspect was effected by policemen attached to the special Anti-Robbery Squad Lagos State police command after traders at the market, who had been suffering incidences of armed robbery reported the matter to the police.
While narrating how he joined the cult group, the suspect said; “I was deported from Malaysia and I went to stay with my parents in Enugu State but my elder brother brought me to Lagos to help him in his shop.
“My brother gave me N1500 as feeding and transport money. He said I should assist him sell in his shop pending when he would get another visa for me to travel abroad. However, a guy called Don T, I don’t know his real name, started bothering me to join his cult group.
“I told him I was not interested but he kept pestering me. I reported him at the Civil Defence office at Alaba Market but that did not stop him from pestering me. I reported him to my elder brother who told him to leave me alone but he refused. He kept pestering me and one fateful day, as I was on my way home, he came after me with three other boys, held and dragged me into the bush where they beat me up mercilessly. They later initiated me into the banger cult.”
The suspect also denied being an armed robber; “I am not a robber. I was forced into cultism and Don T is our leader. He told me that there are big shots in the market sponsoring us because of their tussle for leadership in the market. I have not gone with them for any robbery. I pray God to help me out of his problem and I will wait for my brother to get me another visa so I can leave the country for good,” he said.
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