A serving soldier in the Nigerian Army, Daniel Okeke, notorious for the snatching motorbikes and armed robbery around the Ojo axis of Lagos has been arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Lagos State Police Command.
The suspect who is attached to the Nigerian Army Corp of Supply and Transport, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island was arrested after an attempt to snatch a motorbike with a pistol at the Agboju area of Lagos.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Okeke who is also a member of the Black Axe confraternity had been demoted in 2017 from the rank of Corporal to Private following his recklessness while on duty.
However, the suspect who was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja denied the allegation saying he only had a misunderstanding with a cyclist where he narrowly escaped lynching.
On how he found himself in police net, Okeke said, “I drive trucks at a site where the Army is building houses for her men. At the close of work I took a bike from Mile 2 to Ojo Barrack.
I and the cyclist had agreed on a fare of N300 to my destination. On getting to Agboju, the bike man stopped and said he wanted to carry another person. I protested saying the agreement was to take me from Mile 2 to Ojo Barrack for N300 not for him to stop half way to carry another person.
“I insisted that if he would have to carry another person, then I will stop at Agboju and not go further with him. At this point, he started fighting me. The cyclist insisted l give him N150 which I objected because l had only N300 on me which is supposed to take me to Ojo Baracks.
“The cyclist started shouting at me and was even fighting me. He was speaking in Hausa Language, so every other cyclist who was from his place didn’t bother to find out what the matter was but just joined him to beat me up.
“Seeing my life was in Danger, I ran towards Agboju police station for safety. A policeman came to my rescue and took me inside the station and asked the cyclists to go.
The Police found a pistol on me so I was detained at the Station till the next day. The police then transferred me to SARS in Ikeja saying l had attempted to snatch a motorbike.”
Speaking on how he got the pistol, Okeke said he bought it in 2006 while at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu.
He claimed he bought it for N5,000. “I had the gun before i joined the army. I bought the gun while in School at IMT in Enugu where I was studying Public Administration but didn’t graduate due to financial difficulty.
Back then I was a member of the Black Axe confraternity but I have since renounced it before joining the Nigerian Army in 2008. When I joined the Army, I buried the pistol in my house.
“I was only using it to protect myself. I have never robbed with the pistol; I only used it for self defence and I really regret my action,” he said.
Responding to the reason for his demotion, Okeke said he was demoted because he was involved in an accident with the vehicle of one General Mohammed Ali (rtd).
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal who paraded the suspect said, he will be charged to court when investigation is concluded.