My Tattoo Has Ruined My Life – Arrested Female Lagos Gang Informant Cries

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Fair-skinned Mariam Adesola, a 20-year-old hairdressing

apprentice in Agege area of Lagos, sobbed as she sat on the

ground on the premises of the Lagos State Police Command

Headquarters in Ikeja.

If one is to take her word for it, she was merely a victim of

her love for tattoos, or perhaps her willingness to readily

obey her husband when he instructed her to get a specific


Adesola was on a line-up of three other men, all from Agege

area of Lagos. They all have a unique teardrop tattoo beside

their left eyes.

That specific tattoo is the identity of members of the Awawa

gang operating in Agege area of Lagos.

Some suspects and members of the gang, who had been

arrested in the past, confessed that the teardrop tattoo is the

mark by which they identify their members.

The members of Awawa (loosely translated as ‘we are alive’)

have gathered reputation in the last two years as a ruthless

band of robbers, who unleash mayhem, loot shops and attack

residents at gunpoint in Agege area of Lagos. The ages of the

members range from 17 to 23.

Unfortunately for Adesola, an arrested member, had fingered

her as an informant for the gang.

Saturday Punch learnt that before the police went after her,

she herself walked into the Isokoko Police Division, Agege,

to see her husband who was also in custody. She was

oblivious that her identity had already been made known to

the police.

Her husband is also said to be a member of the gang.

Police told journalists that the information they got from

other captured members of the gang was that she was the one

sent around the neighbourhood to identify potential targets of

their robbery operations.


She said, “I don’t know what the police are talking about. I

am just a hairdresser. My husband told me to get the tattoo

because he has it too. I liked the tattoo and I decided to get it

on my face. Now it has destroyed my life.

“The day I was arrested, I had only gone to see him in police

custody. Then they arrested me. The police said they had

been looking for me. I am in trouble.”

But one of the men paraded with her quickly pointed out that

she was lying.

19-year-old Saheed Oyedeji, a suspected member of the

gang, who was arrested during an investigation of the gang,

also has the same tattoo. But he explained that he knew

nothing about the Awawa gang.

As he was speaking, a victim, who was present during the

parade of the suspects by the police, quickly pointed out to

journalists that she recognised Oyedeji as the one who

slapped her sister hard in the face when the Awawa gang

attacked their house recently.

“I am just a barber. I have nothing to do with the Awawa

Boys. I got the tattoo not long ago and it is nothing more than

‘fashion’ for me,” he said.

The Awawa gang has become so dreaded that a Facebook

group, Anti-Awawa Boys in Agege, has been opened as a

discussion forum for residents of the community on the

gang’s activities.

Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said a

recent robbery carried out by the gang culminated in the

arrest of the suspects.

He said the tattoo used by the gang would help in tracking

down other members of the gang.

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