The harsh economic situation in Nigeria is taking its toll on many people, forcing them to look for any means to survice, legitimate or not.

Shehu Bida and Bello Mallam, claim that they went into robbery because there was a recession in the country and the “government did not provide any job for people.”

The two suspects were arrested in Talba Estate, Bida town in the Bida Local Government Area of Niger state.

Buda, 20, and Mallam, 18, were trailed and apprehended by the police after robbing one Mohammed Mohammed of the sum of N7,400 and two handsets valued at N9,000.

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The suspects confessed that they inflicted injuries on Mohammed before dispossessing him of his N7,400 and two mobile phones.

It was gathered that the hoodlums used a machete and planks to injure Mohammed on the head, for preventing them from raping his daughter.

Buda said that he committed the crime due to the economic recession in the country.

“Many people are stealing in the country, including top government officials. People are dying of hunger and there is no job. What else do you expect me to do other than stealing?

“If am discharged by the police, I will still go back to rob people. The country is in a bad situation,” the suspect said unrepentantly.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, on Tuesday, said that a machete was recovered from the suspects.

The police said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

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