By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS — Operatives of the Lagos State Investigative Bureau (SCIB) have arrested two members of a four-man robbery gang in Lagos which specialises in terrorising residents of Isolo, Oshodi, Ikeja and its environs.
The suspects, identified as Ihenachor Samson, 25 and Raphael Ugbekele, 33, were arrested after successfully carrying out a robbery operation in Bucknor Estate in Isolo, Lagos.
It was learned that the armed gang, which attacked the house of one barrister (names withheld), gained access into the compound through the back fence.
They tied up the security man and cut the burglary to gain access to the main apartment, where they allegedly stole the victim’s Porsche Chyes SUV, house appliances, plasma television, home theatre, clothing and other valuables.
They also broke into the shop attached to the building and carted away some goods and recharge cards.
Vanguard gathered that after the operation, the victim reported the case to the Commissioner of Police who then detailed operatives of the Lagos State Investigative Bureau, SCIB, to investigate the case.
The investigation paid off months after as the operatives tracked the suspects to their hideout and arrested Samson, and subsequently arrested Raphael too.
Although the vehicle is yet to be recovered, it was gathered that when the detectives got to one of the suspects’ house, they discovered the victim’s home theatre and Plasma television.
Speaking to Vanguard, Raphael, who just returned from Ikoyi prisons after serving a jail term bordering on robbery and receiving stolen, said: “It was at Ikoyi prison that I met the two members of the gang. I am the leader of the gang. I was the one that brought the guns that we used for operations.
“One of my associates whom I met at Ikoyi prisons gave me the guns. After I returned from prison I began to squat with my cousin in the estate.
“I decided to rob the barrister because his daughter’s drove expensive vehicles arrogantly in the neighbourhood. We were able to carry out the operation successfully because I have watched and monitored them closely.
“I also met Olaitan, the receiver, in prison and he promised to help us sell the vehicle. He has only remitted N30,000 unfortunately he was caught, arrested, charged to court and is currently in Kwara prison where he is serving a jail term on robbery.”
Culled from VANGUARD