Barely one week after a robbery gang robbed and murdered a delivery man for Jumia, an online store, another gang in that field has been smashed.
Punch reports that the gang led by 30-year-old Wilfred Ehis, was smashed on March 7, 2017, after they shot at an operative of the RRS, Sergeant Garba Kadiri while attempting to evade arrest at Pretty Street, Iyana School, LASU-Iyana Road, a suburb of the state.
Other members of the gang that included Bright Eloho, 24, Emeka Egbemedu, 22 and Olanrewaju Kamilu, 33, were trailed by the operatives and arrested at Olamulti Hotel, New Site, Iba, Ojo, Lagos.
Ehis who claimed to be a Chemical Engineering graduate of University of Benin, Ekpoma, Edo State, during interrogation, confessed to being the leader of the gang and stated that they operated by placing orders for different items on the online stores only to rob the couriers when they went to make the deliveries.
“I operate by placing orders online for expensive phones and goods. I request the sellers to make a 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 don’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,” the gang leader said.
An operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said Ehis always sneaked into Lagos at regular intervals from his base in Benin where he coordinates the robberies before leaving town.
The source added that Ehis, before his arrest, also stood at different ATM points in Igando, Ojo, Alaba and Apapa areas of the state, to monitor ATM users who withdrew money. He then alerted his gang members who usually used motorcycles to trail and rob their victims.
Items recovered from Ehis following his arrest were assorted mobile phones such as Tecno, LG 3, iPhone, two wristwatches, a Canon camera EO87D, necklace, Sony laptop, a wrap of Indian hemp and an ash-coloured Altima salon car.