A 30-year-old robbery suspect, John Godwin, has said that he was arrested by police operatives in Lagos because he forgot to recite Psalms 121 before going for an operation with his gang members.
Godwin who is a cross-border robbery suspect said it was because God wanted the police to arrest him that he forgot to the read Psalms 121 on that fateful day.
Four other suspects – Solomon Adeniji (27), Tosin Adeoye (25) and two nationals of Republic of Benin, Adewale Adebolaji (45) and Moyori Sule (42) – were arrested alongside with Godwin, New Telegraph reports.
Godwin said it was his friend, Auwa, who sent his phone contact to one Alhaji, who then invited him to Cotonou, Republic of Benin, for discussion.
“I was once sent to Ibara Prison in Abeokuta for stealing something at a market in Abeokuta. It was in the prison that I came across Tosin. It was also Alhaji who sent my phone number to Solomon.
“My plan was not to go back to crime when I came back from prison. I did not have money to take care of myself that was why I went back.
“But later I told myself robbery is not the best option for me because my parents told me when I was born a pastor prophesied that I would become a pastor.
“Fortunately, when I was in the prison I used to preach and pray with my colleagues. It is the devil that drove me to crime.
“Whenever we are going on an operation, I usually read Psalms 121. I believe reading the Psalms would give me protection throughout the operation period.
“On the fateful day I was arrested I forgot to read the Psalms before leaving home. I believe God wanted the police to arrest me so as to quit robbery.”
One of the gang members, Adeniji claimed that it was Alhaji who provided them with the guns they used for their robbery operations.
Another member, Adeoye added that Alhaji gave hem two guns and told him and Godwin to proceed to Nigeria and steal Toyota cars for him.
According to him, once they steal and drive any car to the border, some people will come and take it from them.
The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Dolapo Badmos, who paraded the suspects said the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, in charge of the zone, had directed an intensive investigation into the case.
Badmos, said the robbery suspects snatch vehicles in Nigeria and drove them to the neighbouring Benin Republic and handed over to a receiver identified only as Alhaji.
She, however, said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of the investigation.