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    Sunday, 2 November 2014

    Liberian, Ghanaian nationals arrested for robbery in Lagos

        Kayode Aderanti Lagos police chief

    By Emmanuel Udom  / Senior Correspondent, Lagos 

    A Liberian footballer and a Ghanaian national were among the five suspected robbers arrested by police detectives in Lagos in connection with multi-million naira inter-state robbery incidents.
    The Liberian, Moses Andrel (25) and the Ghanaian (30) were the two members of the robbery gang that specialize in snatching exotic cars from their owners, disfiguring the cars and in turn sell them to unsuspecting buyers in some states across Nigeria.
    Other members of the gang are Mahmud Abdulakeem Tanko (48), Musa Yusuf (27) and Abayomi Okanlawon Adebayo (53).
    They were all paraded before journalists on Thursday in Lagos.
    Kayode Aderanti, the state Police Commissioner disclosed that the command had to move against the robbers, following series of reported cases of robberies involved in car snatching in recent times.
    According to Aderanti, Abba Kyari, a Superintendent of Police (SP) and officer-in-charge of the Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos state police command had deployed his men and technology to track down the suspects.
    The tracking of the suspects paid off eventually as they were arrested in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Benin with 15 stolen cars, some of which were sold to unsuspecting buyers after they have been reconfigured.
    Speaking with Daily Independent during the parade, Moses Andrel, the Liberian footballer said that he escaped from Liberia when his country was going through civil war in 2009 and arrived Nigeria, where he alongside other Liberians were camped at the Nigeria Refugee camp in Kwara State.
    “However, I left the camp in 2013 in search of a driving job and along the line; I met Israel Nana, a Ghanaian, who linked me up with the notorious gang members”, he said.
    According to Andrel, who claimed to have played professional football with a team of his country, Stibikor Football Club of Gambia and on trials for the Bafalo Football Club of Togo and Uyo United Football of Akwa Ibom state said he was arrested at one of the branches of the United Bank for Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
    His words “I had gone to the bank with my ATM card to cash the money paid into my account after a car was successfully snatched, re-packaged and sold and parts of the proceeds paid into my account”.
    Also speaking with our correspondent, Abayomi Okanlowon Adebayo, whom the police said is notorious for changing engine and chassis numbers of stolen cars, said he has been involved in the criminal deals for five years.
    Adebayo, a 53-year-old welder from Epe, Lagos state, said that one Alhaji Faka linked him with the business of grinding the engines of stolen vehicles, after which he could change the chassis numbers to the one given to him by members of the gang.
    Adebayo claimed that he was paid N25, 000 for the last deal of grinding the engines of some stolen cars and changing the chassis numbers before the cars could be sold to unsuspecting buyers.
    Source: www.dailyindependentng.com

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