Friday, 17 July 2015

Cleaner leads gang to rob boss’ neighbours



The defendants (with laptops) and another
suspect | credits: Afeez Hanafi
A man, who worked as a cleaner in a building on
Tony Oghenejode Close, off Omorinre Johnson
Street, in the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State,
has allegedly led a three-man gang to rob two
residents ─ a lawyer, Adaku Ufere and her
brother, Chukwuebuka ─ in the neighbourhood.
It was learnt that the cleaner, identified only as
Jasper, connived with other suspects, Monday
Daniel and Joseph Timileyin, to burgle the flat of
the residents around 3am on June 23, carting
away property worth N650,000.
Some of the stolen items include, two laptops, a
wrist watch and an iphone.
It was gathered that the lawyer raised the alarm
as the robbers left, leading to Daniel’s arrest by
security guards. He was reportedly nabbed with
the laptops and was handed over to the police.
It was learnt that he later led the police to
apprehend Timilehin.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the gang had carried
out other robbery operations in the Lekki and
Victoria Island areas.
The suspects reportedly confessed to taking part
in the robbery of a businesswoman, Jolomi
Etabuko, who lived on Ihuntayi Street, Victoria
Island.
PUNCH Metro had reported on May 20 that one
Yusuf Olalekan, who is now in remand at the
Ikoyi Prison, and other fleeing accomplices,
stabbed Etabuko multiple times after
dispossessing her of valuables worth N2.2m.
Twenty-year-old Daniel, who hails from Cross
River State, told the police that he had been
involved in seven robbery operations within a
year. He said his role was to stay outside and
alert his members to the presence of policemen.
He said, “I am a labourer, but due to keeping bad
friends, I have involved myself in series of
robbery for one year now. Jasper, Wale
(Timileyin) and I conspired to rob the
complainant. It was Jasper, a domestic cleaner
at a building on the street, that invited us for the
robbery.
“In three of our robbery operations, my share
was N38,000, N28,000 and N57,000 respectively.
We sold the stolen items to one man at a market
on the Lagos Island. I don’t know his name but I
can identify him in person.


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