Uche Ani, pictured above, who was recently arrested for car snatching in Rivers state, says financial hardship forced him into robbing people of their vehicles at gunpoint. Ani, who is an indigene of Enugu state, was among nine suspected armed robbers and kidnappers arrested by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad recently.
Ani who claimed to be studying Accounting on a part-time basis in one of the tertiary institutions in Port Harcourt, told newsmen when he was paraded by the police, that although he was a member of a non-governmental organisation, he took to crime to raise money to feed.
Twelve vehicles, all Toyota brands, which were snatched from motorists in Rivers State, were recovered by the police from Ani, who the State Police Command also identified as an ex-convict, and his suspected accomplice, Andrew Atuse.
“I went into car robbery because of hardship and the devil pushed me into it. When we snatch the vehicles, we give it to him (pointing at the fake soldier) because he always posed as a soldier. We snatched majority of the cars in Port Harcourt. We snatched some of the vehicles at gunpoint while others were taken away where they were parked with master keys. The military man (fake soldier) carries the cars. It is the Army man that brought us into this business. Like I said, when we collect the cars, we give it to him (pointing at the fake soldier). I am an undergraduate,” he said
His accomplice, Andrew Atuse, who claimed that the identification card and the Army cap he used in parading himself as a soldier were given to him by a soldier, said he usually received stolen vehicles from Ani and sold them.
“The first car they snatched after I was introduced to them (the gang); I bought the vehicle from them and resold it. One soldier assisted me by doing the Army ID card for me. He (soldier) also gave me a military cap. The last time I saw him was over a year ago. I don’t know how they got their guns. I have stolen eight vehicles on my own,” Atuse said