Luck has run out on a four-man robbery gang that specialises in robbing shops at the Alaba International Market, Lagos State.
They allegedly destroy padlocks of their target shops by pouring acid on them in order to gain entry to perpetrate crime.
According to reports, the suspects identified as Tochukwu Akorisa, Ndubuisi Egwuatuonwu, Ifeanyi Eze and Aboi Rufus who robbed a warehouse in the market stealing goods worth N19 million in the process were arrested after the shop owner lodged a complaint leading to the arrest of one Tony Nwenyi who reportedly bought some of the stolen goods from the suspects.
According to a police source, Nwenyi who was caught at the of point selling the stolen goods after police interrogation, led detectives attached to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police X-Squad to the leader of the robbery gang identified as Akorisa.
“Akorisa subsequently led us to his accomplices. Two other persons, Tony Eme and Ejike Chinwoba, who bought the bulbs from the gang, had been arrested.
“We have recovered about 100 cartons out of the 427 cartons they made away with, which is worth N19.1million,” the police source added.
When caught and later questioned by the police, Akorisa, 26, confessed to the crime claiming that he used proceeds from robbery to cater for his ailing mother.
“I load goods in the market. But the money I earned was not enough for me to take care of my sick mother. I led the operation. We used acid to break the padlock of the warehouse. We went around 9.30pm on that day.” He said.
While confirming the incident, SP Dolapo Badmos, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, informed that police were on the trail of other fleeing members of the robbery gang while calling on members of the public to provide necessary information when necessary.
“Four of the suspects, who stole the goods, and three of the receivers were arrested based on intelligence report. Effort is on to apprehend the fleeing ones and to recover the remaining stolen goods.” She said.
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