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RRS Nabs Suspected Receiver Of Stolen Phones

Posted: May 2, 2016 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje


A man suspected to be a receiver of stolen goods has confessed to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command that he bought over 4,257 phones from thieves, knowing that the phones were stolen.

The suspect, Kazeem Bamidele, 42, who is the Second Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers’ (NURTW), Ajegunle Unit, also confessed to the RRS that he has over 52 boys as retainers who steal and sell ‘clean phones’ to him in Lagos State. He also said he bought mobile phones from robbers, pickpockets and One Chance gangs operating in the state.

Kazeem, alias Elewure, was arrested in his shop in Boundary Market, Ajegunle, after he was fingered to have been the seller of two Blackberry Z10 phones and a CAT phone collected from victims of robbery and abduction incidences in the metropolis.

It was gathered that his arrest followed the confession of two stolen phones users, who were quizzed by the RRS Intelligence Team in connection with abduction and robbery cases in Lagos State.

It was gathered that the hunt for Kazeem took the RRS Intelligence officers to Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kogi States.

At the time of his arrest, five mobile phones suspected to be stolen were found on him.

The suspect confessed to the RRS that he had been dealing in stolen phones for over two years. He added that the shop in Boundary Market in Ajegunle, where he was arrested “is where they sell the phones to me and that is where the buyers equally get them. I know they are stolen phones. Nearly every guy in Ajegunle is involved in this kind of runs. It is what they do to survive.”

“I buy Infinix Hot 2 at N10k and sell N12,000; Blackberry Z30 at N20,000:00 and sell at N22,000:00; buy Infinix Hot Note at N15,000:00 and sell at N17,000 and Samsung Galaxy X3 at N11,000 and sell at N14,000. I don’t buy iPhone because of its locking system.

“I was pushed into the business by family pressure. I have two wives and seven children. I have so many dependants. What I pay as school fees alone is staggering “the suspect claimed.

The suspect is meanwhile helping the police to pick up his boys from their hide-outs, bus stops and their routes of operations.

The Police said that two commercial buses “danfo” used for robbery and one chance operations have already been arrested and detained at RRS Headquarters in Alausa.

A source said that “Some of the phones traced to Elewure were that of high profile members of the society as well as celebrities.”

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmos, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos Command confirmed the arrest.

She said that the force was following up the suspect’s confessions and is making steady progress in the case.

Meanwhile, she said the suspect has been transferred to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) for further investigation.