Two suspected individuals of a theft gang, one of them a South African returnee , were arrested with the aid of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, for allegedly dispossessing a laptop seller of three Apple laptops worth N1.5million at gunpoint.
The suspects, Victor Remi, 27, who claims to be a forex dealer and Ekeh Maxwell, 23, a musician, posed as a driving force and Managing Director of a enterprise.
They ordered for the Apple laptops (MacBook Pro – 2018 edition), most effective to dispossess them of the provider on arrival at the distinct factor of collection.
During interrogation, the suspects, each residence of 18, Alexandra Street, Abule Egba, Lagos, disclosed that they got the info of their victims via his twitter handle.
According to the South Africa returnee, Remi, “I told the dealer I was the Managing Director of a new company on Acme Road, Ikeja. I also told him that my daughter recommended him and that his laptops were good. I ordered one for myself and another for my secretary and told him to bring them.
“It took us a week to initiate, perfect and execute the plan. My colleague, Maxwell, borrowed his brother’s Camry car (FKJ 833 EZ) for the deed. We bought a toy gun and painted it. I told the dealer to meet me at Acme Crescent because we knew the location was a desolate area”.
“While Maxwell drove, I sent the dealer a message on WhatsApp to bring the consignment to my office, last Monday. I told him that my driver would pick him up at Acme Crescent.
“Maxwell picked him at the designated point, while I joined then few meters from where he entered. He (dealer) sat in front with the laptops. Immediately I entered, I placed the gun on his neck and ordered him to surrender them. We wanted to take his phone too but he pleaded not to be stripped of everything. We told him to alight from the car and we zoomed off”.
Preliminary research as amassed discovered that when the operation, Remi advised his associate that the laptops were two rather than three. He similarly lied that he sold each of the 2 laptops, N250,000 each as opposed to the N500,000.
Maxwell, Remi's associate stated he got N250,000, after Remi sold the laptops, adding that his companion threw the toy gun away after the operation. He also expressed unhappiness when he realised that Remi lied to him at the number of laptops and the amount they were sold.
Narrating his ordeal, the laptop provider who did no longer need his name in print, said that the primary suspect, Remi, gave his identity as Uche for the duration of the verbal exchange on social media.
According to him, ” We were speaking on WhatsApp. I in no way had an inkling that they have been robbers. They used a gun and knife to dispossess me of the laptops. The 3 laptops are worth N1.5 million”.
The stolen laptops have however been recovered from their customers and given to the owner.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Zubairu Muazu in his reaction to the arrest of the suspects, counseled Lagosians to control the amount of facts they expose publicly through the social media, adding that criminal elements were exploiting the social media to perpetrate crime.
He restated the commitment of the Command to stay dogged in the pursuit of criminals within Lagos.