Sunday, 18 June 2017
Nurudeen Kazeem, the alleged robbery suspect, who was last week arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command over the shooting of an RRS police officer in LASU-Igando area, has confessed that he honed his shooting skills as a cultist.
Nurudeen had shot the officer in the leg while trying to dispossess a delivery man of some expensive phones that one of the gang members had ordered online for delivery at a specific address around LASU-Iba Road.
Onyabo, while confessing to the police stated that he shot the officer twice in the leg to avoid arrest.
He added that he was trained to kill by cult members after his initiation into the Eiye Confraternity.
“I have killed two people in the past. One was to complement my initiation into Eiye Confraternity…. I was led to a beer parlour in LASU/Iyana-Iba axis, where I was showed a man to kill. I shot the guy there and I escaped. I killed another guy; after shooting at him, I also macheted the victim who was a member of an “Aye” confraternity in LASU/Iyana-Iba area,” he explained.
He stated further, “I and a friend of mine were forcefully initiated into Eiye Confraternity. We were asked by some guys to use our okada to take them to a naming ceremony…. Those guys changed the route after bringing out guns to scare us and led us into a bush where other innocent guys were to be initiated into the confraternity.
In the bush, they beat us mercilessly. That was how we were initiated. Since then, they armed me with gun and cartridges to kill people, particularly, rival cult members. It was while doing this that I was invited into robbery by Cali (Wilfred Ehis),” he disclosed.
He added: “he invited me to assist him in collecting phones from delivery men. He ordered the phone online, give them the delivery address and we ambush the delivery men and collect the phones at gun point.”
Wilfred Ehis, 30, was re–arrested by the operatives after the arrest of Nurudeen. According to investigations, he had been the brain behind several robberies in LASU/Iyana–Iba and Igando area.
Sources revealed that Ehis lodged and his gang members lodged in different hotels around the area.
Ehis, from whom a short gun was also recovered sometimes in April, 2017, in company of three other accomplices had confessed to the police that he hired Nurudeen Kazeem to help him rob delivery men of online shopped phones.
According to Nurudeen, “I have done this three times for Cali. I took the phones to him in his hotels where he stayed. The first operation, he gave me N60,000. The second, he gave me N50,000; and the third, N45,000. The fourth one was the one I shot the police officer…. I never knew he was a police officer.”
Arrested along with Kazeem were: Yusuph Bello, 33, the gang’s armourer from whom two guns and machetes were recovered; and Sunday Hassan, 26, the gang’s bike rider.
All the suspects have been transferred to the SARS office in Ikeja for further investigation.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
The suspect, Ekene Chukwuan, 21-year-old, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday after he and four other members of his gang broke into an apartment at 49, Falana Street, Iyana-Ejigbo Lagos, and carted away with one tricycle and one motorcycle at around 2:00 am.
Ekene, native of Enugu State, told the police during interrogation about how he was introduced into motorcycle and tricycle stealing business by his mentor named 'Alhaji'.
“I relocated from Amukoko to Ijora in search for greener pasture because I was told there is money in Ijora and Mushin. I work as a truck pusher at Ojuade market where I helped people convey their goods from one location to another before Alhaji told me to stop the work for better one.
“Alhaji told me he was called for a work by one 'Ajona’ and asked me if I will like to join in the job, promising me a better pay and less stress. I accepted Alhaji’s idea but didn’t know we are going for stealing,” he added.
“On getting to Ejigbo, Ajona who is the leader told us to stay in a place till night fall before entering into the apartment where we unchained a motorcycle and a tricycle. We put the motorcycle inside the tricycle while Ajona drove with two others in the tricycle.
“We were on our way when we met RRS men who stopped us but we refused to stop. So they (RRS) chased us. We were at full speed trying to escape when we crashed before taking to our heels, but the police caught me,” he confessed.
Ekene in his statement to the Police claimed, “we sell stolen Keke NAPEP between N75,000 to N80,000, while motorcycles are sold between N30,000 to N40,000.”
The owner of the motorcycle, Mr. Nduka Oyekachi Innocent, who was alerted of the theft and invited to RRS Office, said “I parked my tricycle in my compound at 49, Falana Street, Iyana-Ejigbo, and went to bed. I woke up the following morning only to discover that the keke was missing. I searched everywhere, including the drainages because I was so much devastated and worried about the debt and how to take care of my family. Immediately, I went to Ejigbo Police Station to report the incident before I was informed later that RRS officers have arrested one of the suspected thieves.”
Nduka, 31, noted that he wept like a baby on discovering that his keke was missing because he got the keke on hire-purchase from a businessman. He was to repay the sum of N1,000,000 within a period of one and half year according to the hire-purchase agreement he signed.
He explained further that, the businessman gave him the keke in February 2017 which he had just repaid N220,000 out the N1,000,000.
Recovered from the suspect were iron cutter, tricycle and motorcycle.
The suspect has been transferred to the Lagos Police State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
The Lagos State Police Command would like to allay the fears of the general public with regards to the falsehood being circulated on the social media in respect of security situation at Mafoluku-Oshodi and environs.
Oshodi is relatively calm and not "boiling as being erroneously peddled. It is mischief and callousness to put people in fear.
Video footage being circulated to back the false information is that of the bomb incident around Banex Plaza, Abuja in 2014.
The Lagos State Police Command avail this opportunity to re-assure members of the public that we will continue to work in partnership with the good people of Lagos and other Security Agencies to ensure safety and security of life and properties.
Always remember to say something if you see something.