By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A suspected armed robber has told police interrogators that he has renounced robbery, but is now a photographer.
Identified as Christian Clifford, the suspect claimed he is now a registered photographer with the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja.
The 27-year old suspect was said to have twice escaped from the police and operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement with handcuffs.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that he was arrested by a combined team of the Intelligent Response Team (I RT ) on 22nd September 2021 at an undisclosed hotel in the Kubwa area of the nation’s capital.
In a confessional statement made to the police team after his arrest , the suspect opened up that he had robbed at different points in Abuja metropolis and Keffi in Nassarawa State and also that had earlier jumped from Police vehicle in one of his travails in Police net upon being taken to court for arraignment.
He claimed to be an indegene of Plateau State but that he was born in Takum Taraba State, where his parents raised him and his siblings before he relocated to Abuja
While revealing his escapades, the suspect said he alongside three other members of his gang had robbed a family in Jos road , Keffi and one other house at Karu area of Abuja where they stole a laptop and were later arrested .
He also confessed to have robbed a family of the sum of 18 million Naira, some phones and other items at Jos road in Keffi Nassarawa State in 2015 .
Clifford also told the police that he escaped from the custody of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad ,after a stolen phone was tracked to him.
He claimed to have bought the phone in question from a friend ,who allegedly introduced him to robbery but the police investigations revealed that the phone and others were stolen during a robbery operation at the GSM village Wuse Abuja .
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while commending security operatives for the unrelenting fight against violent crimes in the country, assured citizens of the commitment of the Force to improving public safety and security and upholding law and order in the country.