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Monday, September 3, 2012

Undergraduate Student Arrested With Pistol, 82 Bullets


Men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),
Lagos State Police Command, have arrested
a self-acclaimed undergraduate of a
university in the southeast alleged to be a
member of an 11-man robbery gang. The
police said they recovered a pistol and 82
bullets from him.

The suspect, Nnagbo Emeka John, 23, who
claimed to be a 100-level student of the
Department of Education Foundation of the
institution, said he came to Lagos to visit his
friend (name withheld), who lodged him in
a hotel at Mazamaza near Mile 2 in Lagos.

He stated that his friend asked him out one
night but the outing ended up as a robbery
operation. On the same day, he confessed
that the gang carried out four operations
within Lagos and Ogun states.

The suspect, according to the police, was
arrested in a bushy area at Ejigbo, Lagos on
19 August, where he and other members of
the gang had allegedly gone to share their
loot.

During his arrest an English pistol and 82
live ammunition were found on him.
Speaking to us, a source at the SARS said:
“While armed with one AK47, one English
pistol and two locally-made pistols, they
robbed a hotel in Lagos. They also robbed at
Akute, Ogun state and came back to Lagos
on the same day to rob two popular hotels
at Mafoluku, Oshodi.

“The suspect was arrested after they had
shared their loot, while nine other members
of the gang who were from Ogun state
went back to their base. The suspect, who
was not familiar with the state was arrested
while his friend escaped.”

Nnagbo, who claimed to be ignorant of his
friend’s business said: “I came to Lagos on
8 August, for holiday, to see a friend who is
also from my village. He lodged me in a
hotel at old Ojo Road, Mazamaza. He never
told me that he was into armed robbery; he
only told me that he sells fridge spare parts.

“On 19 August, he told me that we shall be
going out with some friends. As we
entered his friends’ car, I saw a police gun
(AK47). I started shivering but he told me
that I should not worry, that they would not
kill me.

“We first robbed at a hotel in Lagos.
Because I do not know Lagos, I do not
know the name of the place. We later
moved to Akute, Ogun state, where we
robbed a man in his house and collected his
Lexus Jeep and some other valuables. Then
we came back to Lagos and robbed two
hotels.

“On that day I was not with a stable mind,
as I was not comfortable but my friend told
me not to worry. I was arrested after they
had shared the loot and nine other gang
members from Ogun state had gone back.

“I was not given anything from the loot.
They said it was my first operation and I
did not participate actively; and that my
friend should give me part of his share. The
pistol and the ammunition were kept in my
bag by my friend who escaped when
policemen accosted us and arrested me.”

The officer in-charge of the squad, Mr. Abba
Kyari, a Superintendent of Police, said the
suspect will be charged to court as soon as
investigation is completed.

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