A member of a four- man armed robbery gang, Ola Akinwunmi, has confessed that all items his gang snatched or stole at Oshodi under bridge area of Lagos, including phones, laptops, necklaces, wrist-watches, ear-rings, among others, were sold as fairly-used at either Computer Village, Ikeja or Obalende.
Another member, Okiki Nurudeen, said he was in charge of coordinating how every stolen item would be supplied to Computer Village at Ikeja or Obalende where they would be sold back to members of the public as fairly used. But he denied ever partaking in robbing people of their goods.
Lagos State Task Force had on Tuesday announced the arrest of Akinwunmi and Nurudeen and two others, Ojo Olaomo and Damilare Balogun, while a laptop which they snatched from a woman, Mrs Adebambo, was recovered from them.
The arrest was disclosed in a statement made available by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, on behalf of the chaiman, Yinka Egbeyemi.
Akinwunmi has, however, begged for forgiveness, promising to turn a new leaf if released.
According to Egbeyemi, the criminals were arrested by the monitoring team of the agency who were strategically positioned around Oshodi, saying they were arrested immediately they snatched a laptop from Mrs Adebambo.
The task force boss said the suspects would be immediately charged to court, warning that anyone caught buying stolen items from criminals would not be spared from prosecution.
He also warned members of the public to be very careful in buying stolen items as fairly used.
Mrs Adebambo, whose laptop was snatched, recalled: “Immediately my laptop bag was snatched from me, Lagos Task Force officers chased these criminals, got them arrested and recovered my laptop for me.”
She commended the operatives of the agency for their prompt intervention.