A robbery suspect, Chukwuma Okoro, yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, confessed that he decided to go into robbery in order to raise the N300,000 needed for the payment of his wife’s bride price.
Okoro made the confession when he was paraded alongside three other robbery suspects by the state Police Command.
Other suspects included: Ezenwa Raphael, Chukwudi Oruma and Thomas Onofuapo.
While speaking with newsmen, Okoro said he was pushed into robbery so that he can gather enough money to enable him pay N300,000 for his wife’s bride price as requested by his in-laws.
The robbery suspect was arrested after he attacked a salesgirl, Chinenye, who was on her way to the bank at Oyemekun Road in Akure, to deposit the sales for the day put at N550,000.
According to reports, he traced the salesgirl from her master’s beer distribution company on Okada before attacking her.
It was learnt that the suspect, while struggling with the salesgirl for the money, was pushed off the Okada and fell, after which he shot at the victim two times before he was overpowered and nabbed by sympathisers.
Okoro confessed to newsmen that he sells vegetable in Akure and that his efforts to satisfy his wife pushed him to robbery. He also said that he wanted to pay his wife’s bride price, but he did not have the N300,000 which her family demanded for.
“It is my wife that pushed me into it. I have never stolen in my life. She ran away from my house since three weeks ago and has been begging to come back.
“So I started looking for money to pay her bride price before she comes back. There is no way I can get N300,000; that is why I tried to rob.”
Briefing newsmen, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph while parading the suspects at the headquarters of the command in Akure, said Okoro and other suspects were among the armed robbers who had been terrorising the state in the recent time.
Mr Joseph further revealed that a pistol and five live carriages were found on Okoro.
“Okoro attacked a salesgirl, 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 arrested him.”
The police spokesman said the suspect will soon be charged to court just as he gave an assurance that the Command will not slow down in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.