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South Africa returnee arrested for robbery in Lagos

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested two members of a robbery gang, including a South Africa returnee for allegedly robbing a laptop dealer of there Apple laptops valued at N1.5 million in Lagos.

The South Africa returnee, Victor Remi, 27, who claims to be a forex trader and Ekeh Maxwell, 23, a musician, posed as a driver and Managing Director of a company. They ordered for the Apple laptops (MacBook Pro – 2018 edition), only to dispossess the dealer of the items on arrival at the designated point of collection.

During interrogation, the suspects, both residents of 18, Alexandra Street, Abule Egba, Lagos, disclosed that they got details of their victim through his twitter handle.

Remi said: “I told the dealer I was the Managing Director of a new company on Acme Road, Ikeja. I also told him that my daughter recommended him and that his laptops were good. I ordered one for myself and another for my secretary and told him to bring them.

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“It took us a week to initiate, perfect and execute the plan. My colleague, Maxwell, borrowed his brother’s Camry car (FKJ 833 EZ) for the deed. We bought a toy gun and painted it. I told the dealer to meet me at Acme Crescent because we knew the location was a desolate area.

“While Maxwell drove, I sent the dealer a message on WhatsApp to bring the consignment to my office, last Monday. I told him that my driver would pick him up at Acme Crescent.

“Maxwell picked him at the designated point, while I joined them few meters from where he entered. He (dealer) sat in front with the laptops. Immediately I entered, I placed the gun on his neck and ordered him to surrender them. We wanted to take his phone too but he pleaded not to be stripped of everything. We told him to alight from the car and we zoomed off”.

According to police preliminary investigation, after the operation, Remi told his accomplice that the laptops were two instead of three. He further lied that he sold each of the two laptops, N250,000 each instead of the N500,000.

Corroborating Remi’s claims, Maxwell said he got N250,000, after Remix sold the laptops, adding that his partner threw the toy gun away after the operation.

He however expressed disappointment when he realised that Remi lied to him on the number of laptops and the amount they were sold.

The dealer, while narrating his ordeal, said that the main suspect, Remi, gave his identity as Uche during the conversation on social media.

He said: ” We were communicating on WhatsApp. I never had an inkling that they were robbers. They used a gun and knife to dispossess me of the laptops. The three laptops are worth N1.5 million”.

The stolen laptops have however been recovered from their buyers and returned to the owner.

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