Thanks to the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, four male suspects who are known for disguising themselves as online buyers who then rob the courier when he/she comes to make the delivery have been arrested.
The suspects, Wilfred Ehis, 30; Bright Eloho, 24, Emeka Egbemedu, 22 and Olanrewaju Kamilu, 33, were arrested on Wednesday evening after the RRS operatives, working on the case had them tracked to Olamulti Hotel, New Site, Iba, Ojo, Lagos.
This is coming after the tragic death of, Chukwuma Eleje, a delivery agent in Port Harcourt, who was allegedly killed and dumped in a septic tank by three persons who had ordered for two phones.
On March 7, 2017, while trying to evade arrest, one gang member shot at Sgt. Garba Kadiri on Pretty Street, Iyana School, LASU-Iyana Road.
When asked how they operate, Ehis, a Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Benin, had this to say:
What I do is shop online for expensive phones and goods. I request the sellers to make a home delivery. I would send the delivery address to the vendor, when the seller gets to the address, he would call me, and I would control my boys to go to the delivery address and rob the seller.
That is my role. I shop online, send the delivery address to the seller and make sure he is at the delivery address, then control the boys to collect the ordered items from him. I don’t follow them to the robbery scene. It is only Nurudeen, alias “Onyeabo” that I know to carry out the execution. I know he has a locally made short-gun and I am aware he had recruited other boys to join him in the robbery….
All I do is stay in hotels. I don’t even go out at all. I am always indoor. They do the robbery, sell the phones and give me my share of the deal. Nurudeen is always in hiding. He doesn’t come outside since SARS, Lagos picked up his closest friend last year. He is short and he sneaks into Lagos mostly at night through the creeks from Ogun State.
According to a reliable source, Ehis has several gangs who had done his biddings for him. The source said:
He was into internet fraud and ATM point robbery; Ehis before his arrest stood at different ATM points in Igando, Ojo, Alaba and Apapa to monitor ATM users, who withdrew money. From there he controlled his gangs who operate on mostly motorcycles (Okada) to trail the individuals and collect the money from them.
After his arrest, about five victims from Computer Village in Ikeja have besieged RRS headquarters to give information about the operation of the gang.
Two of such victims who came forward on Thursday were Oluwaseyi Sunday and Alabede Habib. Both of them in separate statements stated that Wilfred Ehis, pretending as Barrister Deji, had some time in February 2017 requested that expensive phones be delivered to him on two different addresses on LASU-Iyana Iba Expressway.
The victims were later robbed by three of Ehis’s gang members operating on motorcycles at the delivery points. The sellers claimed they lost N800,000:00 and N450,000:00 in the robbery respectively.
Items recovered from Ehis when he was arrested included a Tecno CQ phone, an LG 3 Phone; One I mobile phone; 2 Wrist watches, a Canon camera Eo87D; 1 necklace, 1 Sony laptop, a wrap of Indian Hemp and an ash colour Altima salon car with the registration No. APP 493 EH.