In order to escape arrest, a gang of three armed robbers who were heading for Lagos from Asaba, Delta State, sold a Blackberry phone for N3,000 to purchase fuel for their car.
However, the gang members arrived Lagos and they were arrested by the operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos Police Command at Isheri, Berger, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Crime Watch learnt that the suspects, Isioma and James, both 28, with their gang leader known as “G Man”, were arrested when they were driving a black Honda Accord SUV End of Discussion salon car with Delta State registration number AT 305 ASB.
SARS operatives were suspicious of the occupants of the vehicle because when they flagged it down, their leader, G Man, ran away. His two colleagues were arrested immediately.
Police sources said when interrogated, the two suspects confessed to snatching the Honda Accord SUV, a Blackberry phone and a Tecno phone from a woman in Lagos.
They allegedly confessed that when they were about running out of fuel on their way from Asaba to Lagos, they sold the Blackberry phone for N3,000 and bought fuel with the money.
In his statement, Isioma, from Delta State, southsouth Nigeria, said he was an Asaba-based driver who plied Asaba-Onitsha route before he met the gang leader who introduced him to armed robbery. He added that he drove the stolen car from Asaba to Lagos.
James denied being a robber. He claimed he was a carpenter but without a workshop.
He confessed that he was arrested during the only operation that ‘G Man’ lured him to participate in.
The suspect said he never knew that the gang leader was an armed robber but that he invited him to assist him to do something and ended luring him into robbery.
The officer in charge of SARS, Lagos Police Command, SP Abba Kyari, said he had got a signal that the victim was in a hospital in Asaba, adding that the two suspects will soon be sent back to the Delta State Police Command where they committed the alleged robbery for comprehensive investigation and prosecution.