vegetable seller who became an armed robber in order to raise N300,000
to pay his lover’s bride price has just confessed after he was caught.
According to the suspect, he went into armed robbery to satisfy his wife’s family who are demanding for her dowry.
members of the public who witnessed the parade of criminals and other
notorious armed robbery suspects at the Police command headquarters, in
Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday, were left in shock when a man
confessed that the families of his wife pushed him into armed robbery.
According to Vanguard, the 34-year-old vegetable seller identified as
Chukuma Okoro, explained that the family of his wife were requesting
for N300,000 as dowry before he would have total access to their
daughter. He said that as a vegetables seller, the only option left for
him was to look for a short cut because he loves the lady and wants her
at all cost.
Okoro who confessed that his efforts to satisfy his wife and her family pushed him to robbery said;
“I wanted to pay my wife’s dowry but I do not have the N300,000 demanded by her family.
“It is my wife and her family that pushed me into it, I have
never stolen in my life, this is the first time. She ran away from my
house three weeks ago and has been begging me that she wants to come back.
“Since I love her so much and do not want her family to give her
to another man that was why I started looking for money by all means to
pay her dowry so that she could come back to my house.
“There is no way I can get that N300,000 to pay her dowry, that
was why I tried to rob and this is the first time I will be doing it,”
he said, adding that his friends and neighbours made jest of him
when his wife left for her parents house because of his inability to
meet their demand on bride price.
said he was desperate to have her back and in a bid to shame his
jesters, he opted for armed robbery which according to him was the
easiest means of getting money in that circumstance.
It was gathered that on the day he was arrested, Okoro trailed a
salesgirl of a beer distribution company located at Adegbola in the
metropolis who was taking N550,000 proceeds of the day’s sales to the
bank. He was said to have trailed the salesgirl of the beer distribution
company on Okada before attacking her.
While struggling with the salesgirl to collect the money, the suspect
was pushed off the Okada and he fell after which he shot at the victim
twice before he was overpowered and arrested by sympathisers.
Police source said that the salesgirl was fortunate that the pistol
refused to release any of the five live bullets in it before
sympathisers pounced on him and beat him black and blue.
When asked how he knew the salesgirl he robbed was taking that volume
of money to the bank, Okoro said that he had an inside sources.
He said, “I got all the information I needed. I was told the amount to be taken to the bank, when the salesgirl would leave the office, the route she wouild take and the bank she was heading to.
“So I decided to engage an Okada rider for a fee and he parked
where we were able to see the salesgirl when she left the office and as
soon as it was safe I struggled to snatch the bag containing the money
from her. But the girl was so brave that while I struggled to snatch the
bag she pushed me off the Okada causing me and the Okada rider to fall.
“I brought out a pistol from my pocket and fired two shots but
the gun refused to expel the bullets. The Okada man then fled the scene
and I became helpless which made some youths and others around the area
to overpower me and I was arrested.”
Timely intervention of policemen reportedly saved Okoro from being
burnt alive by some youths who had rushed to a nearby vulcanizer to get
the suspect, the state police command image maker, Femi Joseph, said
that a pistol and five live carriages were found on Okoro when he was
arrested. Joseph said, “Okoro attacked a sales girl who was going to the
bank to deposit N500,000. As he was struggling to collect the money
from her, the girl raised the alarm that attracted the passers by who
The police spokesman said the suspect would soon be charged to court
just as he assured that the command would not relent in the fight
against crimes and criminality in the state.