By Esther Onyegbula
A dismissed Army officer, identified as Ugochukwu Williams, has narrated how the uncontrolled use of cocaine ruined his life and career before he was reportedly arrested for armed robbery.
Recounting how he developed the habit a few years ago, Ugochukwu told Vanguard: ‘’I do buy a pinch of cocaine at Akala area in Mushin for N300 and the effects wears off within three seconds. The pathetic aspect was that I spent my entire salary buying cocaine. The urge to get a pinch of the substance drove me to crime. I never had it in mind to go into robbery.’’
Vanguard learned that Ugochukwu, a dismissed Lance Corporal of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, was arrested with two others, identified as Obinna Aku, 29, and Chibuzor Obeta, 30, for alleged robbery.
It was gathered that on March 16, 2015, Ugo Williams and one Obinna Aku purportedly robbed a man, stole his i-Phones, and a Blackberry and a Honda EOD vehicle at gun point.
When the suspect realised that their victim had only N1,000 on him,Ugo took the victim to a nearby bank to withdraw cash.
However, trouble started when the ATM was unable to dispense cash, which compelled the suspects to take the vehicle to Akala area of Mushin where they dismantled it and sold it in spare parts to traders in Ladipo market.
A few days later, the victim on his way to work around Ojuelegba, identified one of the suspects who robbed him.
He immediately alighted from the commercial bus, headed straight to where that suspect was standing, and raised alarm.
The police at Olosan Division were later invited and the suspect was arrested, while his accomplice, Obinna, was arrested two days later.
Confessing to the crime, the Enugu State indigene and father of one, said they had a revolver pistol with six rounds.
They also confessed to have participated in several robberies.