A 19-year-old robbery suspect, Jamal Nasiru, arrested by the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) has confessed that he drinks cow blood for spiritual powers before any robbery operation.
Apparently the suspect, Nasiru's cow blood ritual failed him as he was arrested by the police alongside with other members of his gang, according to PM News.
The suspects were arrested after the killing of a security guard on 11 May 2014 at No 7 Jamiu Olotu Street, Isheri Magodo area of Lagos.
Nasiru, a Chadian citizen and cross-border robber who said he was surprised how he did not escape and was caught said: “I drink raw cow blood which enhances my morale and gives me confidence and spiritual power, any time I want to go for any robbery operation.”
Nasiru confessed, that the late chief Security officer (CSO) of the Omole Estate was their gang leader who recruited and provided them with arms for their robbery operations.
He said they usually operated on Lagos-Ibadan Express way and are involved in several robbery operation within Lagos and Ogun states axis where they robbed innocent travellers and snatched expensive cars at gunpoint from their owners and the cars taken across the border to sell.
He said he had snatched over seven Toyota Camry cars and sold them. According to the suspect, each Camry cars, depending on the Model, sells between N 350, 000 and N650, 000, and Highlander saloon jeep sold for N550, 000 and N 700, 000.
He confessed that another way by they entered into Nigeria was through transporting cows. The cows, he said, were sold at Kara Market where his gang would meet afterwards.
He said sometimes in the night their gang leader, would hire a bus for operation, noting that, with their dangerous weapon from his armoury at Omole Estate it was easy for them to operate. He noted that they shared the loot and returned their weapons to their leader at the estate.
While the gang leader Mohammed Abubakar was reportedly killed during a gun battle with the police, others arrested include Abubakar Sala, Ahmed Mohammed, Umaru Abubakar.
Nasiru, however, did not refused to reveal many people he had killed during his operations as he explained that those who were killed, are those who tried to be stubborn and uncooperative to their directives.
Speaking on how he came to Nigeria, he said it was through a popular Islamic scholar who employed him as night guard where he worked for him for several months but was not paid his salary. As a result he decided to find another means of survival.
Nasiru said he contacted his friend, Umaru Abubakar who introduced him to other members of the gang who initiated him.
He, however said although he knew his friend was a criminal he did not he was armed robber until he followed him to Kara market in Ogun state where he realized that he was into armed robbery business.
The suspects blamed their involvement in robbery business on lack of parental care when growing up.
The police recovered some of the dangerous weapons which they use for operation which includes three Ak.47 riffles, 5 pump action among others.
Police sources said the suspects will be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.