I rob to get money for medication— suspect

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Kazeem Ugbodaga
3-man robbery gang arrested by RRS at Ijora, Lagos
A member of a 3-man robbery gang arrested at the weekend by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Command, has revealed that he went into robbery to raise funds for his diabetes drugs.
The suspect, Phillip Toihile, 24, along with his two accomplices, Salifu Abbey, 26, and Idris Sulyman, 28, were picked up in Ijora by the RRS operatives at about 10:00 pm while attempting to rob a taxi driver, Amori Fatai.
Upon arrival at the RRS’ headquarters at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Toihile, who confessed to the crime, explained that he went into robbery to raise N17,000 to buy his prescribed drugs.
The suspect, an ex-convict, who was released from Kirikiri prison in July 2014, stated: “This entire thing is like a temptation. With my condition, I am not expected to be found in a situation like this. I was sick. I went to a health centre. They said I am diabetic and that my sugar level was 475 milligram. The doctor prescribed some drugs worth about N17,000. I was told at the health centre to go and get the drugs and come back for further test.
“So, I invited my friend, Salifu Abbey, and I explained to him my situation. I sought his cooperation and he agreed to assist me to raise the funds. I got the gun that we used in Yaba Railway yard. The gun was wrapped with a polythene bag by cart pushers. I picked it with two live cartridges and we mapped out our plans.”
In his confessional statement to the police, the suspect narrated further: “I told Salifu to wave down a taxi cab. Our plan was for the cab to take us to a desolate place where we can rob and dispossess …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper