Nurudeen Akorede , a 24- year – old technician turned robber , has blamed his ordeal on the spiritual influence by his stepmother . The father of two , who resides in the Alakuko area of Lagos , said he had lived decently until 2017 when his stepmother ’ s spell started manifesting negatively in
Nurudeen Akorede , a 24- year – old technician turned robber , has blamed his ordeal on the spiritual influence by his stepmother .
The father of two , who resides in the Alakuko area of Lagos , said he had lived decently until 2017 when his stepmother ’ s spell started manifesting negatively in his life .
He said he started by smoking , through which he met some men who introduced him to a robbery gang, terrorising the Aboru area of the state and its environs.
City Round learnt that Akorede and other members of his gang had raided houses in the community in January 2019 , dispossessing residents of their valuables, including laptops, phones and cash.
Reportedly wielding guns and cutlasses , the bandits operated freely from one house to another , inflicting injuries on victims who refused to “ cooperate . ”
In the wake of the robbery attack , residents lived in fear as the robbers reportedly vowed to return to the community.
Our correspondent learnt that operatives of the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Team were detailed to track down the gang after the community alerted the police to the incident .
The effort of the detectives paid off recently when the suspects were rounded up at different parts of the state .
Apart from Akorede , other members of the gang arrested by the police are Kunle Akerele , Ayuba Aransi , Adewale Toyin , Oluwatosin Adeyemi and Tunde Yusuf .
Two locally – made guns, 60 mobile phones and 30 laptops were reportedly recovered from the suspects .
Speaking to City Round during the week, Akorede said his life made an about – face after his parents separated and his father remarried .
The native of Abeokuta in Ogun State claimed that his father ’s new wife afflicted him with spiritual problems that made him to become an armed robber .
He said , “I fix aluminium doors and windows before I joined the robbery gang . My trouble started when my parents separated . I was in secondary school when they separated and my mother took me with her while my younger brother was with my father . After I finished from secondary school education, I went to learn how to fix aluminium doors and windows . My father’ s new wife started tormenting me spiritually. She made my younger brother to go insane and she also poisoned my father.