They told journalists while being paraded before journalists in Yenagoa,
the Bayelsa State capital that they ventured into crime because they
had no other way of surviving.
Preye, a father of one, who claimed to be a timber merchant, and his
wife, were among 96 suspects paraded by the Bayelsa State Police Command
on Wednesday for various criminal activities across the state.
Preye did not betray any emotion as he recounted how he procured a
pistol with live .9mm ammunition from a gunrunner, Punch reports.
With the gun, he robbed a boutique at Biogbolo-Epie in Yenagoa
metropolis forcing the owner, Juliet Uchenna, to hand over cash she had
on her at gunpoint.
He claimed that that day, September 21, 2017, his “spirit”led him to one
Iro Royereyigha (30), his kinsman, whom he thought could help him out
of his absolute poverty.
Preye said he went in company with his wife, to meet Royereyigha to
assist them to get a gun that they could use to carry out a robbery.
He said, “We were so poor that we could not afford the basic things of
life. There was nobody to help. That was why we thought we could break
out of poverty by going into robbery for survival. That was our first
time of carrying out a robbery.
“I gave Royereyigha N1,000, when he
handed the gun to me. He told us that after we carried out the robbery,
we must give him N100,000 for the gun.
Corroborating Preye’s account, his wife, Divine, agreed that both of them went for the robbery operation at the boutique.
She said, “Both of us went to Royereyigha’s house. We actually asked for
toy guns but he said he could not arrange toy guns but real ones.
plan was that I should pretend as if I wanted to buy clothes and other
items at the shop. In the process, my husband was supposed to come and
threaten them with the gun. The plan worked as we conceived.
day, we met two ladies at the boutique – the owner and one of her
assistants. After my purchases, my husband came in with the gun and
asked them to lie down on the ground. As they were lying down, he asked
me to go and fetch a tricycle to enable us to escape.
“As I left the place, one of the ladies escaped and raised the alarm.
Her screaming attracted passers-by, who apprehended us and handed us
over to the police.”
The police would later arrest Royereyigha, who confessed that he indeed sold the gun to the couple.
The father of 11 claimed to have been influenced by the devil.
When asked why he involved his wife in the business, the 38-year-old suspect replied that “it was the devil’s temptation”.
But his 24-year-old, wife, Abazi, a frozen foods dealer, lamented that
if she knew that the bag her husband gave to her contained a gun, she
would have raised the alarm.