about his okada business is that while other okada riders transport
members of the public from one point to another in the Lagos metropolis,
he made his money by transporting robbers on their daily operations.
shut down recently by the police in Lagos during an outing with a
member of his gang in Egbeda area of Lagos.
met his accomplice, 18-year-old Ahmed Musa in a relaxation joint and
having introduced himself as an okada rider, they contracted their
“When we brought up the issue of a gun, we spoke with another friend we
met at the same joint, Michael, and he said he could get us a gun.
together, we were able to operate successfully that day on my
motorcycle. We robbed many people. I was given N10, 000.
N20, 000 which is double the normal amount. I did not know that would be
the day we would be caught. We had not even robbed anybody that day
when we were arrested at Shasha in Egbeda.”
wielded the gun and snatched bags and jewellery anytime they went out
for operations, claimed that it was his first time ever going out with
said he had just finished his apprenticeship as a generator repairer
last year and he realised there was no way he could afford to buy
equipment to set up a shop.
I thought to myself that it is either I do this thing or I die of
hunger. I stopped school at Senior Secondary One and my trade has not
produced any money.
jewellery mostly the day we were arrested. I am not happy about becoming
a robber. My family do not know what has happened to me.”
Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said apart from Musa and Sunday, 15 other robbers who
specialised in robbing Lagos residents on motorcycles were arrested in
the last one week.
arrest of the suspects, two of them engaged the police in a shootout and
they were killed in the process,” Owoseni said.