Officers of the Lagos state Police Command have nabbed four suspected armed robbers who specialise in tricking sellers of expensive mobile phones by pretending to be online buyers and thereafter rob the sellers at the point of delivery.
VON gathered that the suspects, Wilfred Ehis, 30; Bright Eloho, 24, Emeka Egbemedu, 22 and Olanrewaju Kamilu, 33 were arrested in Olamulti Hotel, New Site, Iba, Ojo, Lagos.
According to Ehis, a Chemical Engineering graduate of University of Benin, Edo state, “what I do is shop online for expensive phones and goods. I request the sellers to make home delivery.
“I would send the delivery address to the seller. When the seller gets to the address, he would call me and I would control my boys to go to the delivery address and rob the seller”.
He stressed: “That is my role. I shop online. Send the delivery address to the seller and make sure he is at the delivery address; then control the boys to collect the ordered items from him.
“I don’t follow them to the robbery scene. It is only Nurudeen, alias ‘Onyeabo’ that I know carry out the execution. I know he has a locally made short – gun. And, I am aware he had recruited other boys to join him in the robbery.
“All I do is stay in hotels. I don’t even go out at all. I am always indoor. They do the robbery, sell the phones and give me, my own share of the deal.
“Nurudeen is always in hiding. He doesn’t come outside since SARS, Lagos picked up his closest friend last year.
He is short in size and he sneaks into Lagos mostly at night through the creeks from Ogun State”, he disclosed.
Items recovered from Ehis when he was arrested were a Tecno Cq phone, an LG 3 Phone; One mobile phone; 2 Wrist watches, a Canon camera Eo87D; one neck lace, one Sony laptop, a wrap of Indian Hemp and an ash colour Altima salon car, with the registration No. APP 493 EH.
After the gang was arrested, about five victims from Computer Village in Ikeja have besieged RRS headquarters to give information about their operation.
Two of such victims who came forward on Thursday March 30 were Oluwaseyi Sunday and Alabede Habib. Both of them in separate statements stated that Ehis, pretending as Barrister Deji had sometime in February 2017 requested that expensive phones be delivered to him on two different addresses on LASU-Iyana Iba Expressway.
The victims were later robbed by three of Ehis’s gang members operating on motor cycle at the delivery points. The sellers claimed they lost N800, 000 and N450, 000 in the robbery.
The gang had on 7 March, 2017 shot one Sgt. Garba Kadiri, an operative with the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while attempting to evade arrest when they were tracked down by the officers in Pretty Street, Iyana School, LASU – Iyana
The RRS operatives, working on reports from victims of the same robbery perpetrated by the gang, had tracked Ehis and his gang to a location in Iba, where the gang shot the officers before escaping.