The police have arrested two brothers over allegations of robbery.
Two blood brothers, Ikenna and Chinedu Onukwo who are 28 and 23 years respectively, have been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly using their mother's car to rob innocent people, especially ladies, by posing as taxi drivers, the Vanguard reports.
According the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, the brothers have been perpetrating the criminal acts for a long time in the Island area of the state before the long arm of the law caught up with them.
While parading the siblings, Owoseni said they would dress up in the morning and leave their home just like people going to their offices, with no one knowing they go out to rob.
They would offer to give lift to female passengers at bus stops in their mother’s Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), after which they would rob them of their valuables before pushing them out of the car.
However, luck ran out on the two brothers after robbing a lady on November 13, on their way from Lagos Island. The lady was able to get the registration number of the vehicle and reported the incident to the Bar Beach Police Station.
With the assistance of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the vehicle was traced to a mechanic workshop at Surulere area of the metropolis and subsequently, the brothers were arrested.
But the older of the two, Ikenna, vehemently denied the allegation that he and his brother were robbers.
“My brother and I studied at the Pan American University in Cotonou. I went to school to defend my project only for me to receive a phone call from my younger sister in Nigeria that my mother and brother had been arrested for using her jeep to rob.
I was urged to return home and come to the police station or my mum would remain in police custody. I rushed down to Nigeria and went straight to the station, only for two ladies to appear and pointed at me and my brother.
They claimed that we were two men that robbed them of their valuables. We were wrongly accused. We don’t know anything about this crime. My brother and I are innocent.”
The younger brother, Chinedu, also denied any knowledge of the crime.
“Some detectives came to our house to say that my elder brother was involved in armed robbery. My mother and I were taken to their station.
When my mother and I got to the station, the ladies who identified my brother as the person who robbed them also accused me of being among the robbers. I denied ever being involved in any robbery operation.
The vehicle actually belongs to my mother. I don’t drive the jeep. It’s only my elder brother who drives the car.”