THE Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has apprehended a suspected robber, Nurudeen Kazeem, who allegedly shot a policeman at LASU-Igando area of the state last week, with him confessing that he honed his shooting skill as a cultist.
Nurudeen (27) a.k.a Onyabo, who was a trained tailor, before becoming a commercial motorcyle rider, was arrested by the Rapid Response Squad Decoy Team in connection with the shooting of an RRS officer investigating chains of robbery cases in LASU– Iba/Igando area.
The suspect had shot the policeman in the leg while trying to dispossess a delivery man of some expensive phones.
Metro learnt that one of the gang members had ordered for the phones online for delivery at a specific address around LASU-Iba Road.
Nurudeen confessed that he shot the officer twice in the leg to avoid arrest.
He added that he was trained to kill by cult members after his initiation into Eiye confraternity.
“I have killed two people in the past. One was to complement my initiation into Eiye confraternity.
“I was led to a beer parlour in LASU-Iyana-Iba axis, where I was showed a man to kill. I shot the guy there and I escaped. I killed another guy after shooting at him. I also macheted the victim who was a member of Aye confraternity in LASU/Iyana Iba area,” he explained.
On how he joined the cult group, the suspect said, “I and a friend of mine were forcefully initiated into Eiye confraternity. We were asked by some guys to use our motorcycles to take them to a naming ceremony.
“Those guys changed the route after bringing out guns to scare us and led us into a bush where other innocent guys were to be initiated into the confraternity.
“In the bush, they beat us mercilessly. That was how we were initiated. Since then, they armed me with gun and cartridges to kill people, particularly rival cult members. It was while doing this that I was invited into robbery by Cali (Wilfred Ehis),” he disclosed.
He added: “Cali invited me to assist him in collecting phones from delivery men. He ordered the phone online, gave them the delivery address and we ambushed the delivery men and collected the phones at gun point,” Nurudeen said.
Wilfred Ehis, 30, who had earlier been arrested in April, was, thereafter, re-arrested by the operatives after the arrest of Nurudeen.
According to investigations, Ehis had been the brains behind several robberies in LASU-Iyana-Iba and Igando areas of the state.
Sources revealed that Ehis and his gang members lodged in different hotels around the area.
Ehis, from whom a shotgun was also recovered sometime in April, 2017 in company of three other accomplices, had confessed to the police that he hired Nurudeen to help him rob delivery men of online shopped phones.
According to Nurudeen, “I have done this three times for Cali. I took the phones to him in the hotels where he stayed. He gave me N60,000 for the first operation. The second, he gave me N50,000 and the third, N45,000. The fourth was the one I shot the police officer, but I didn’t know he was a police officer,” the suspect said.
Arrested along with Nurudeen were: Yusuph Bello (33), the gang’s armourer from whom two guns and machetes were recovered, and Sunday Hassan (26), the gang’s bike rider.
All the suspects had been transferred to the SARS office in Ikeja for further investigation.