A gang of armed robbers who use acid to break into shops inthe Alaba International Market have been arrested by the police.
It was gathered that the modus operandi of the syndicate was to destroy padlocks of their target shops in the market by pouring acid on them and forcing their ways inside.
The arrested suspects, Tochukwu Akorisa, Ndubuise Egwuatuonwu, Ifeanyi Eze and Aboi Rufus, were said to have attacked the warehouse and stole 427 cartons of electric bulbs valued at N19.1 million.
The shop owner was said to have reported the incident to the police leading to the arrest of one Tona Nwenyi, who allegedly bought some of the goods from the suspects and he led detectives attached to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police X-Squad to Akorisa, who reportedly coordinated the robbery operation.
The 26-year-old Akorisa while confessing to the crime, said he intended using the proceeds of the robbery to give his ailing mother medical attention.
“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.”
On his part, Rufus said he needed money to rent an apartment and that was why he joined the gang:
“This is my first time. My house rent has expired and I had been living with my friends. I wanted to rent an apartment. I was thinking of how to get money when Tochukwu (Akorisa) suggested that we rob the warehouse. We stole only 150 cartons of bulbs.”
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, said the command was on the trail of other fleeing suspects to recover the remaining items while those arrested would be charged to court soon.