Luck ran out on a four-man robbery gang who allegedly break into shops at Alaba International Market, Lagos by pouring acid on thier padlocks.
It was gathered that the suspects; Tochukwu Akorisa, Ndubuise Egwuatuonwu, Ifeanyi Eze and Aboi Rufus, had attacked a warehouse in the market and stole 427 cartons of electric bulbs valued at N19.1 million.
The shop owner then reported the case to the police which led to the arrest of one Tona Nwenyi who allegedly bought some of the goods from the suspect.
Nwenyi subsequently led the detectives, attached to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police X-Squad to Akorisa, who reportedly coordinated the robbery operation.
According to a police detective, Nwenyi was caught while trying to sell the stolen goods.
“Akorisa subsequently led us to his accomplices. Two other persons, Tony Eme and Ejike Chinwoba, who bought the bulbs from the gang, had been arrested.
“We have recovered about 100 cartons out of the 427 cartons they made away with, which is worth N19.1m,” the source said.
Twenty-six year old Akorisa, confessed to the act, adding that he intended to use the proceeds of the robbery to get his ailing mother medical attention.
He said, “I load goods in the market. But the money I earned was not enough for me to take care of my sick mother. I led the operation. We used acid to break the padlock of the warehouse. We went around 9.30pm on that day.”
Egwuatuonwu explained that it was Akorisa who facilitated the sale of the loot, adding that he was promised N250,000 from the deal.
“But I have not got anything before the police arrested me,” he added.
Rufus said, “This is my first time. My house rent has expired and I had been living with my friends. I want to rent an apartment. I was thinking of how to get money when Tochukwu (Akorisa) suggested that we rob the warehouse. We stole only 150 cartons of bulbs.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the command was on the trail of other fleeing suspects.
She said, “Four of the suspects, who stole the goods, and three of the receivers were arrested based on intelligence report. Effort is on to apprehend the fleeing ones and to recover the remaining stolen goods.”