I Dedicated Horrible Crimes, Spent Years In Jail — Repentant Armed Robber Confesses
The story has been advised of a younger bodily challenged boy, Amos (not actual title) who had many privileges that his mates didn’t have.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland he attended among the finest faculties in the UK and made buddies with youngsters from wealthy properties. Life was good and every part was on regular progress till his mother and father determined to relocate to Nigeria.
As he struggled to regulate to the Nigerian surroundings, life all of the sudden took a flip for the more severe as his mother and father determined to divorce. From that second onwards, Amos’s life went from unhealthy to worse. From pilfering as a young person, he graduated to a skillful pickpocket and later to full- blown dreaded armed robber main many extremely audacious inter-state theft operations.
Now a modified man, having served 9 years in jail the place he gave his life to Christ, Amos shares a few of his legal exploits, his habit to charms for profitable theft operations, how his bodily incapacity helped him escape theft scenes, his encounter with God within the jail and the way he’s now incomes an honest residing as a designer.
The way it began
“My life is form of ironic as a result of I used to be born with a silver spoon. I used to be born in the UK however my mother and father later relocated to Nigeria. Again in Nigeria, my father divorced my mom and that was when issues grew to become robust for me. Issues grew to become very troublesome as a result of there was now not fatherly care. My unhealthy facet truly started to manifest throughout my teenage years. I began by stealing little issues in the home. Any time I entered any home, I may simply inform the placement of something I wished to steal and take it with out anybody noticing. With time, my stealing went from unhealthy to worse.”
“I at all times had a powerful urge to steal. I used to be arrested by regulation enforcement officers for the primary time after I was in secondary college. Again then, I mixed studying how you can sew with education. So there was a specific constructing near our home again then. I entered the constructing and whereas I used to be making an attempt to steal some gadgets, the home proprietor met me inside the home. I used to be arrested and brought to the police station. My father was contacted and he made an effort to launch me. My mom additionally went to attraction to the home proprietor who later agreed to drop his grievance in opposition to me.”
“I continued stealing after that incident however was by no means caught till a number of years after I had develop into a full-time armed robber. I had over 10 profitable theft operations. I additionally participated in two theft operations in one of many South-West states. Throughout one of many operations in that state, I used to be arrested in 2009. One of many guys in my squad stole my gun and used it for operation with out my information. Throughout the operation, he was arrested along with his gang and he led the police to arrest me because the proprietor of the gun they used. We have been taken to the police station and later arraigned at a Justice of the Peace’s court docket. The case lasted for over three years and since there was no witness to corroborate that the gun used for the theft belonged to me, I used to be discharged on Could 2, 2012.”
“After I left the jail, there was nowhere to go and nobody to show to. My family weren’t prepared to open their doorways to me. On account of their rejection, I made a decision to return to crime. I used to be capable of get some weapons and assembled a brand new set of gang. We carried out loads of robberies however throughout all our operations, we by no means killed anybody. I’ve by no means killed anybody in the course of the operations. My operational fashion was at all times to shoot into the air and never at my victims. The capturing was simply to create consciousness that there’s a theft in progress. I made fairly some huge cash in the course of the operations however many of the cash was wasted on girls and events.”
Success in evading arrests
“Again then, I used to be diabolical and secondly, my look often deceived cops. After any operation, when persons are shouting ‘armed robbers,’ ‘thief thief,’ and I’m passing, no person will ever suspect that I’m certainly one of them due to my bodily incapacity. They’d often say: ‘This one is disabled so he can’t be an armed robber.’ I additionally spent some huge cash on charms. One of many charms I at all times used was known as Ewo, which means ‘don’t contact.’ I additionally had the native bullet proof attraction and one other one which if the street was not clear or there was hazard on the street, it might sign me to both abort the operation or put together tougher. The one form of theft that I didn’t take part in was financial institution theft.
“Folks could not imagine in charms however I can inform you that it was efficient and answerable for most of my theft operations. Wanting again now, I imagine that God allowed the charms to be efficient in order to protect me to have the ability to share my story to the world. If the charms weren’t efficient, I’d have died. A number of occasions, the police shoot at me straight throughout operations however nothing occurred to me.”
“In 2012, I used to be invited as a squad chief for a theft operation in a specific state however due to the indicators I noticed, I advised the squad to put low inside that interval. About that point, one of many individuals who often contacted me every time he wanted a stolen automobile, reached out to me that he had a job for me. After I met him, he advised me the kind of automobile that he wanted and forwarded some amount of cash to me. I made a decision to do the operation with a man who was an inside decorator.
“I went to the state for the operation with the man. Once we obtained to the state capital, it took us time to find the actual mannequin of automobile that we wished however finally in the direction of night, we noticed the mannequin popping out from a preferred retailer and shortly assembled our weapons and went into motion. We shot into the air and approached the occupants and ordered them out of the automobile. We took the automobile and instantly headed again to our base. Halfway into the journey, we found that there was no gasoline within the automobile and determined to lodge in a lodge.
“Unknown to us, there was a tracker, the automobile homeowners contacted the police and our location was invaded that night time. My charmed ring dissatisfied me in that operation as a result of it saved getting cold and hot. The way in which it really works is that if there may be hazard, it turns into scorching. However this time round, it was alternating from scorching to chilly. Earlier than I may perceive what was occurring, at about 2:00am, the police busted our room and arrested us.
“I don’t understand how I escaped as they have been dragging us down however I all of the sudden found myself on the roadside behind the lodge sporting only a singlet and boxers. The police later claimed that I dissappeared. At a time, I heard a gunshot sound, adopted by a loud scream by my gang member and I knew the police had shot him useless. I started to run till within the morning after I met a safety guard who gave me some cash after I lied to him that I used to be robbed the earlier night time. I boarded a automobile with my scanty garments again to my base however halfway into the journey, a military officer who was within the automobile and noticed my unusual look and uneasiness, requested the motive force to cease and started to question me. He finally arrested me and handed me over to a close-by police station the place they despatched a sign and later confirmed that I used to be the fleeing armed robber. That was the start of my journey to the jail.
9 years trial
“The matter was in court docket for 9 years and my mom bought all that she had to assist pay for authorized charges and different issues. I additionally bought most of my issues inside that interval. I imagine God helped me all through the interval of the trial for a better objective.”
“Throughout that interval, I started to quick and pray and ask God for forgiveness for all of the atrocities I had dedicated. Lots of issues occurred in the course of the trial however God finally answered my prayers and I used to be launched.
Life in jail
“Life in jail is hard and hellish. I imagine the Nigerian jail system is barely good for cussed individuals. Some cussed youngsters usually don’t see something fallacious with their behaviour, so it’s good for them to be in jail for a brief interval in order that they will know that what’s after six is past seven. I additionally suppose it isn’t good for somebody to be in jail longer than essential as a result of typically, they purchase adverse traits that they didn’t have earlier than. I thank God for his grace as a result of I went into the jail as a horrible particular person, however got here out a modified man”
Wrote 13 books in jail
“Earlier than I went into crime, certainly one of my hobbies was writing, so when I discovered myself in jail, I made a decision that I’ll use the interval so as to add worth to my life. God gave me perception on totally different matters to put in writing on. Whereas different inmates have been busy enjoying draft, card and so on, I used to be busy writing books. My first e-book after I gave my life to Christ, was Escape from Crime to Christ, EFCC. The e-book nearly put me into bother as a result of the jail officers thought the e-book was about EFCC. I additionally wrote a e-book on jail life. I observed that some jail officers who have been supposed to show and impression values to the inmates, lacked good values and behaviors so I made a decision to put in writing a e-book about them. In all, I used to be capable of write 13 books whereas in jail.
“On April 14, 2015, an NGO got here for evangelism within the jail and God used the preacher that day to minister specifically to me. I gave my life to God that day and took the choice by no means to return to crime once more. Earlier than that incident, I used to be a thorn within the flesh of jail officers due to how they have been treating inmates. I at all times troubled them and wrote petitions in opposition to them however after my encounter with God, they began to note adjustments in my life. Most of them grew to become my buddies after my conversion.”
Anchor Heritage intervention
“I imagine my going to jail was for a divine objective as a result of if I wasn’t there, I’d not have been capable of meet Anchor Heritage – the NGO that God has used to remodel my life. Due to my good behaviour, I used to be beneficial by the jail authorities to the NGO. After I left jail, I contacted them and so they have been very useful in reworking my life. Two months after my launch, the NGO helped me to lease a store for my style design enterprise. Additionally they helped me to accumulate industrial stitching machines and different tools after facilitating my mentorship programme in a really costly style outfit in Lagos. I’ll at all times stay grateful to them for his or her help and kindness. I hope to broaden my enterprise for coaching and reorientating younger and weak individuals that somebody can earn a livelihood with out delving into crime. I’m additionally utilizing this chance to attraction for help from members of the general public.”
There isn’t a single achieve in crime. At first, it might sound candy with all of the enjoyment and cash to spend however it’s ephemeral. I misplaced every part that I acquired throughout my years in crime, together with my spouse. So I counsel these nonetheless in crime to stop now.