The Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Lagos
state police command have re-arrested five ex-
inmates of Ikoyi Prisons while they were about to
execute a robbery operation which they had
planned while still in prison.
The men, Sikiru Adeyemi, Saheed Hakeem, Dosun
Patrick, Razaq Olarenwaju, Jamiu Adeyemi, were
arrested after a close monitoring by the police
after they left prison.
The ring leader of gang, Sikiru Adeyemi,who
claims to be a graduate of mass communication
from the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro in Ogun state,
had earlier been remanded at the Ikoyi prison for
armed robbery but was later released on bail and
placed on close watch on the instruction of the
state police commissioner, Umaru Tanko. His
arrest led to the arrest of the other members of
the gang. Continue
Narrating his journey into armed robbery, Sikiru
said it was when he had the opportunity to work
in the military that he got intoxicated by power,
believing that whatever he did, he could go
�I am a graduate of Mass Communication from
Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State. After
graduation, I was given the opportunity to work in
signal office of the military at Mile 2 area of
Lagos. It was then that I realised that no matter
the offence I commit, if the law enforcer realised
that I have a link with the military, they will
immediately release me. After spending a year
there, I was admitted at the Vogue Interior
designer vocational studies centre from 1988 to
1992. Upon my graduation, I practised interior
decoration for years till I got a contract from one
drug baron. Pleased with my work, we became
friends and he introduced me to the business.
This illegal business came to an end when NDLEA
arrested him in 2000. I was very lucky to have
�It was then I remembered how I was above the
law when I was working in the military barracks.
With the help of my friend, James Imada who was
at Maryland barracks, Lagos, I got a fake identity
card and uniform. I don�t know how he did it. I
used it to escort trucks around Lagos and outside
the state. I also used the identity card to stop
and search trucks with James till he was
transferred to the North to go and fight Boko
Haram. All went well till in 2011, when I was
arrested at Mile 2, when I stopped a truck as
usual. A mobile policeman, who noticed the
argument, intervened and I was arrested and
remanded at Ikoyi prisons when I could not
contact my superiors. While in prison, I met a lot
of friends who were jailed over similar offences, I
assisted some of them to raise money for lawyers
while they gave me their contacts in exchange.
We had a comprehensive list of possible places to
invade and with the various experiences, how best
to go about it undetected. I was released on bail
months later when the complainant refused to
come to court again.�
Back home, Sikiru went back to what he knows
best, impersonating and snatching of cars.
�I needed to survive and the only way was to go
back to the same business. Nobody will like to do
business with me since I had been to prison
before. Business started booming and it got
better when I met one Tunde, a dismissed police
officer. We exchanged notes and formed a joint
task force. All we normally do is to stop a big car
and tell the owner that it is a stolen car and that
he should come to the barracks for explanation. It
was also easier to extort money because anyone
that we stop and they discover that I am a soldier
while Tunde is mobile police officer, they will
panic. He was the one who produced the guns
that we used for each operation.�
Speaking about the crime that got him re-
arrested, Sikiru said
�I never knew that my name was on the police
wanted list. Normally when we want to do bigger
jobs, I will always make use of the friends that I
made while in the prison. They are the only ones
that can keep a secret because of their
experience. It