A double-barreled locally-made pistol and a toy gun were reportedly seized from the suspects and Ajadi, one of them who spoke after the arrest, denied being a member of the gang. The 25-year-old informed that they had run out of transport fare after they visited their friend in the area, and were in the church to ‘beg’ for transport fare before the police officers picked them up.
“I am not a One Million boys’ member. The tattoos on my body are just for fashion. The two others and I went to visit our friend in the area, and we ran out of transport money. It was around 11pm. “We were stranded and we did not know where to turn to for help. Fortunately, we saw a church holding a vigil and we decided to go there. A man was bathing in a shed near the church. We explained our plight to him. “Instead, he ran away and alerted a vigilance group that brought the police to arrest us,” Ajadi said.
Yinusa, 22, another member of the gang who was arrested by the police officers, expressed disbelief at how the policemen claimed they discovered the guns in their reports. The Ede, Osun state-born man said:
“I do not know where the police brought these guns. I dropped out of secondary school, and I am learning a trade. We had gone to the J4 area to see a friend, not for robbery. “My parents are at home in Seme. They have warned me not to call them again. They are afraid of the police.”
Confirming their membership of the robbery gang, a police source informed said the trio had fled the scene before they arrived. According to the police source,
“When they were arrested at the church, they claimed to have lost their transport fare. But how could three men move from Okokomaiko to Seme, Badagry, without having transport fare? They initially drank and lurked in the area till 11pm when it was most conducive for them to strike. Then they stormed the church. “We are still looking for other gang members. It was with the help of the vigilance group that the suspects were arrested.”Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos state police commissioner, in his reaction, confirmed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.