The police have arrested a gang of robbers that specialises in ordering expensive items from online stores and subsequently, robbing the deliverymen.
The Punch reports that members of the gang, who had shot at an operative of the police Rapid Response Squad, Sgt. Garba Kadiri while attempting to evade arrest at Pretty Street near LASU, were eventually apprehended on Wednesday.
Four suspects, Wilfred Ehis (30); Bright Eloho (24), Emeka Egbemedu (22) and Olanrewaju Kamilu (33) were arrested at Olamulti Hotel, New Site, Iba, Ojo, Lagos.
The leader of the gang, Ehis, who said he was a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin, confessed to ordering items online and ambushing deliverymen and robbing them of the items.
“I operate by placing orders online for expensive phones and goods. I request the sellers to make home delivery.
“I would give the seller an address where I know the robbery can be carried out successfully. When I have made the necessary arrangements, I would then call my boys to go to the delivery address and rob the delivery man.
“I didn’t follow them to the robbery scene. It is Nurudeen, alias ‘Onyeabo’ who oversaw the robberies. I know he has a locally made pistol. I am also aware he recruited other boys to join him in the robbery.
“I always stayed behind in hotels. After the robbery, they sold off the phones and gave me my share of the deal.”
After his arrest, about five victims of the gang from the Computer Village in Ikeja, who visited the RRS headquarters at Alausa, Lagos explained how they were robbed.
Earlier this week, the police arrested three people in Port Harcourt for brutally murdering a deliveryman and stealing two iPhones he came to deliver.
Last year filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe, was also arrested and beaten at the Computer Village, for allegedly stealing 10 iPhones. He is facing criminal charges for the alleged theft.