A THUG arrested for armed robbery and attempted murder said he had no regrets because he was doing it so his wife could have all her heart desired.

According to Punch, Janya Shehu (20) was bust with fellow gangster Jariri Chede (25) on Saturday after they allegedly brutally attacked the driver of a van transporting goods from the market in Kokongi, north-west Nigeria.

Cops said the driver, Sunday Ishaya, was on a remote road between villages when three thugs jumped out of the bushes, forcing Sunday to stop. They held him up at gun point and slashed him with a panga, leaving him in a pool of blood.

They then allegedly took N70 000 (about R2 600) in cash and his cellphone valued at N73 000 (about R2 700). They also allegedly stole two cartons of gin valued at N9 000 (about R335) and a box of snuff worth N2 000 (about R75).

But cops quickly caught up with Shehu and Chede, although they’re still hunting the third gangster.

Shehu, who recently got married, told Punch he had no regrets.

“I don’t want my wife to lack for anything; I can do anything to please her. I promised her that I will do everything to please her no matter what – until I found myself in a police net.

“I have no regrets because I voluntarily, willingly committed the crime so it doesn’t make sense to say I’m regretting it. It is between me and Allah.”

But Shehu did admit that this wasn’t going to go down well with both his wife and his family.

“My wife definitely will feel bad but I committed the crime so let me go in for it. As for my parents, I have disappointed them and I pray they will forgive me,” said Shehu.

The two suspects are due to appear in court soon.