75-year-old repentant thief confesses

75-year-old repentant thief confesses

75-year-old man reveals how he turned his 14 children into armed robbers.

According to reports, a 75-year-old repentant thief identified as Mallam Yahaya Shanjijiri, openly confessed about his numerous crimes, including how he turned his 14 children into armed robbers.

Shanjijiri who revealed this when over 5,000 criminals gathered to renounce their criminal past across local governments in Niger state, said he has been operating as a notorious criminal for over 30 years. He said he 'retired' about 8 years ago and had resorted to training his children to follow his footsteps.

Shanjijiri who confessed before the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Rijau local government, said:

"I began my criminal act when I was barely 10. I started stealing within neighborhood and gradually grew to stealing goats and cattle before engaging in a full blown robbery. I have been arrested and sent to prison 11 times but regained my freedom. My area of operation includes Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states. I have carried out over 300 operations, an average of three operations in a month.

I and members of my gang which included my children used to make between N2m to N3m in every successful operation and the proceeds were shared into four places because we would settle the security, we would keep some for court cases; we also settled our herbalist who prepared charms for our us.

The remaining proceeds we used to take care of ourselves. We were responsible for a number of high profile robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states. We never killed any victim in our operations.”

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Shanjijiri also noted that even though they never committed murder while carrying out their acts, they were also not forced to repent. He said:

“I want God and all those we have robbed in the past to forgive us as we will never contemplate doing such‎ in this life. I want to make it clear that nobody forced or threatened us to take this step of repentance. We did it of our own volition because it doesn’t pay.”

Accepting Shanjijiri's confession, the chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Rijau, said:

“This is a welcome development to our people as it would reduce the menace of stealing, armed robbery and kidnapping of innocent people for ransom.

Na wa oo! Family of thieves!

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