A 30-year-old man, Jimoh Sanni, aka Last Born suspected to be a member of the ruthless band of robbers popularly called ‘Awawa’ in Lagos state, has revealed his involvement in robberies and rapes.
The ‘Awawa’ members, who are usually cultists, are known to unleash mayhem, loot shops, attack residents at gunpoint and specialize in terrorizing and raping young girls in Agege area of the state.
Sanni, who was arrested by operatives of the state Task Force alongside 14 others, revealed that he had raped more than five girls, including his sister (unknown to him) around Dopemu area of Agege.
Confessing before newsmen at the weekend, Sanni said, “I live at 4, Akinlabi Street, Agbotikuyo, in Agege. I am from Okene in Kogi State.
“I am a sectional head of Awawa Boys and have raped more than five girls around Dopemu area. My gang has burgled many shops at Aluminium Village and sold Indian hemp at beer parlours and night clubs at N100 per wrap before we go for our usual night robbery operations.
“We collect N2, 000 to N3, 000 every day from individual aluminum shop owners at Dopemu area and we buy Indian hemp from another Awawa Boys’ kingpin named Olata, at Oloosha area at Mushin.”
Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, directed that the suspects should all be immediately charged to court.
The CP disclosed the names of the other suspects as Olayemi Lasege, 38, Opeyemi Oluwasola, 33, Timothy Ogar, 32, Adebayo Nurudeen, 32, Popoola Fatai, 30, Jimoh Sanni, 30, Ajayi Babatunde Lukumon, 29, Popoola Yakubu, 27, Owolabi Adediran 27, Akerele Sunday, 25, Ajose Anthony, 24, Sanusi Afeez, 23, Adewunmi Oluwatobi, 21, Actor Amechi, 21 and Ajibade Oluwafemi, 20.
“Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force arrested the cult members at Dopemu area of Agege after they received intelligence report on the disturbing activities of notorious Awawa Boys.
“During the operation which was carried out at midnight and led by SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, the suspects and other affiliated group leaders fought the officers with dangerous weapons before they were overpowered,” the CP stated.
Meanwhile, the 66-year-old father of two of the suspects (Popoola Fatai and Popoola Yakubu), Alhaji Musibaudeen Popoola, lamented he had warned his children to stop following these bad gangs around Dopemu area.
Alhaji Popoola said, “I found it extremely difficult to believe when I was told that two of my sons were among those arrested members of Awawa Boys.
“I only came, as a disciplined father, to tell them that the end has come. It is going to be a big lesson to other children that they must obey their parents,” Popoola added.