Rob­bery sus­pects

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would be ar­rested in La­gos.

Ogunl­eye ex­plained that he met Ef­fiong in Fe­bru­ary 2019 in Oke-koto, Agege, adding that their dis­cus­sions on how to sur­vive the harsh eco­nomic re­al­i­ties made them to team up.

He said be­fore he met Ef­fiong, he had been op­er­at­ing alone in Ibafo and Mowe, adding, “I don’t rob or bur­gle houses and bou­tiques ev­ery day. When­ever I have money, I buy se­cond-hand clothes from the Katan­gowa Mar­ket and sell them in Ijora, La­gos.”

The sus­pects said when­ever they wanted to rob, they would con­verge on Kara, Ogun State, be­fore go­ing to Ibafo around 11pm to hang around the area be­fore strik­ing their tar­gets around 1am.

On their last oper­a­tion in Ibafo, he said, “We hid in the bush till around 2am be­fore we could gain ac­cess to the house. We used a cross­bar to shift the bur­glary be­fore we could en­ter. We were with the oc­cu­pants of the house till around 5am.

“We col­lected five mo­bile phones, N4,000 and a mo­tor­cy­cle. We were in Oshodi when the RRS mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers in­ter­cepted and ar­rested us in the morn­ing.”

It was gath­ered that three of their vic­tims had iden­ti­fied the sus­pects at the RRS head­quar­ters. One of them, a teenager, re­vealed that the sus­pects spent more than five hours with her and her younger sis­ter, while their par­ents were away.

She stated that the rob­bers car­ried all her mother’s jew­ellery, clothes and two flat screen tele­vi­sions be­fore es­cap­ing.

The po­lice have also ar­rested one Chinedu Onyema for re­ceiv­ing stolen goods from the sus­pects.

Onyema was said to have gone to the RRS of­fice in Oshodi with N30,000 to bribe the po­lice­men to re­lease the sus­pects and he was promptly ar­rested.

The op­er­a­tives re­cov­ered seven mo­bile phones, N4,000 and a mo­tor­cy­cle with num­ber plate GGE 962 QN from the sus­pects.

Onyema con­fessed to be­ing the re­ceiver of the stolen items, adding that he bought mo­bile phones and elec­tron­ics from the sus­pects.

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