ONE Chukwuma Okoro, yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, confessed that the payment of his wife’s N300,000 bride price pushed him into robbery. Okoro made the confession when he was paraded alongside three other robbery suspects by the state Police Command.
Speaking with newsmen, Okoro said he went into robbery to garner enough money to enable him pay N300,000 for his wife’s bride price as requested by his in-laws. Suspect Chukwuma Okoro Okoro was arrested after he attacked a salesgirl, Chinenye, who was going to the bank at Oyemekun Road in Akure, to deposit the sales for the day put at N550,000. He was said to have traced the salesgirl from her master’s beer distribution company on Okada before attacking her.
It was gathered that the suspect, while struggling with the salesgirl for the money, was pushed off the Okada and fell, after which he shot at the victim twice before he was overpowered and arrested by sympathisers. Confession Okoro told newsmen that he sells vegetable in Akure and that his efforts to satisfy his wife pushed him to robbery. He said he wanted to pay his wife’s bride price, but he did not have the N300,000 demanded by her family.
His words: “It is my wife that pushed me into it. I have never stolen in my life. She ran away from my house since three weeks ago and has been begging to come back. “So I started looking for money to pay her bride price before she comes back. There is no way I can get N300,000; that is why I tried to rob.”