A monkey and a 27-year-old man, Mohammed Nafiu(both pictured) have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for partaking in robbing a bank customer at Ogba area of Lagos State.
The security operatives are equally on the trail of their accomplices, another monkey and one man simply identified as Nura who allegedly partnered with the aforesaid in several unconventional armed robberies across Lagos.
Their modus operandi was moving the monkeys around Lagos, unleash and instructing them(monkeys) to attack unsuspecting victims believed to be in possession of money with the aim to rob.
Recently nemesis caught up with Muhammed and one of the monkeys when they were almost stoned to death at Ogba after they dispossessed a man making an exit from a bank and holding a polythene bag containing N230,000(Two hundred and thirty thousand naira) of his money.
It happened that Muhammed and Nura (presently at large) unleashed the monkeys on the man and while he was struggling with them(monkeys) they snatched his polythene bag.
Nura fled with the money and a monkey. However, barrage of stones hauled at Muhammed by passersby prevented him and the monkey with him from fleeing, and they were arrested.
Muhammed who confessed to using monkeys to rob unsuspecting victims said he had to restrain his urge to unleash the monkey with him on those who were hauling stones at him because he feared it would injure several people.
He said, “When we attacked the man, he was overcome with fear, so we collected the money from him. As we were about leaving, having realised what was happening, people started throwing stones and several objects at us. Nobody could move near because they were also afraid of the monkey. Only Nura could escape. When the stoning became too severe, I could not escape and eventually, police came and arrested me and my monkey.”
He said he could have released the monkey to protect himself, but he was afraid that the monkey would injure a lot of people. “I had to endure the attack because of this. I felt safer in the hands of the police than being stoned to death right there,” he added.