By ALBERT AKPOR
The Police in Lagos recorded an unprecedented feet yesterday after it uncovered two buses used as armory by notorious armed robbers who were said to be brains behind several robberies in Lagos and the neighboring states of Ogun, Kwara, Kogi and Edo.
The arrest which was led by the Officer in charge of anti-robbery squad, SP Abba Kyari and ASP Babagana Buka followed a tip-off at Illemba area of the state.
The second to the kingpin who gave his name as Chinoso Nwanogugwu told Crime Alert exclusively that the police would not have been able to arrest him if he had not taken a puppy dog which his friend -in -crime, Uchendu Okeagu bought from an unnamed neighbor.
He further said they were the robbers who raided Lagos two Sundays ago during which some policemen were shot dead. He said he was second in command for the notorious gang adding that the police was yet to arrest the kingpin who he identified as Chinwendu.
According to him, before any operation, they would have gone three days ahead to meet with residents of the state who would show them round and get them acquainted with escape routes in case of eventuality. His words; “ My name is Chinonso Nwaogugwu. I am from Aba in Abia state.
I am 23 years old. I could not further my education to secondary school because of money so, I went to Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state where I learnt how to buy and sell AGO and other allied products. One day, Uche called me to say that there was a club he would want me to belong and in a short while, my sufferings would be over. Later, I saw a man who introduced himself as Chiwendu; I was later told that he is the capon of the club.
The following day, we went to Benin city where we robbed a bank and made big money. I got N500,000 after the operation. What we normally do is that, three days before any operation, we would send advance party to go and survey the area as well as get any resident of that state who will take them round and get acquainted with the short cuts in case the police are after us. That had been our tricks for years now. Even during the Lagos robbery, that was the same tricks we employed and that was why we were able to shoot our ways to escape.
This arrest could not have been possible if not that I took a puppy dog to Uche in his house and there, I met some policemen and Uche identified me as a member of their gang. The fact is that, Uche had organized a different robbery against his landlord who is based in the UK and the police was investigating that when Uche mentioned that he belonged to a notorious gang and that I was equally a member. That was how I was arrested.”