A robbery suspect was caught after petrol finished in the Honda Pilot Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) he stole in Ilupeju, Lagos. Ibrahim Babatunde, 28, was arrested by Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives at Ikeja along on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway around midnight last Wednesday while fleeing with the SUV.
I have been stealing from my mother and sisters since I was 10 years old but I never stole from anyone outside my house until three years ago. It was frustration and poverty that drove me into robbery as a profession. I needed money to feed my family and pay my two children’s school fees.
Babatunde was knocked down by a trailer as he fled from the police. The accident facilitated his arrest. He said he stole the vehicle in Ilupeju, explaining that:
I was just going round looking for what to steal. Then I got to a street in Ilupeju and saw a car parked outside a fence. I jumped the fence, landed on the balcony inside the compound; from there I went through an open window and then the staircase.
I started going from room to room looking for any one that was open. I now saw a room that only the net was locked. I tore the net and entered inside. The occupant; a man, was sleeping. I took the three phones (two Nokia and a Blackberry) I saw on the table and also collected his car key.
I did not know which car but since there was remote on it, I simply pressed the remote and the light came on outside and so, I drove the car away. As I was heading to Agbado, where I have already contacted Akeem Ayoola (another suspect) to find a buyer, the fuel finished just by Ikeja Along bus stop. I called Akeem and told him what was happening, and came down from the car to look for solution since it was midnight.
But as soon as I came out, I saw policemen and out of fear, I started running. That was how they chased me and as I was about crossing the road, a trailer knocked me down and that was how they arrested me.
Babatunde was arrested before Ile-Zik after the police noticed his suspicious movement. The Lagos command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspects had been transferred to Ilupeju Division.