We’re surprised our victim died, say one-chance robbers who hit passenger with hammer

Kamil Mahmud

Police operatives connected to the Federal Capital Territory Command Special Anti-Kidnaping Squad have captured five individuals from an outfitted theft gang that rob clueless passengers in their taxi.

The suspects, Ebuka Ezeanyido, 28; Chidebe Okocha, 36; Chukwuma Amichie, 30; Augustine Agbo, 32; and Chinedu Obi, 25, were captured following investigation concerning the vanishing of one Michael Ibebuogu who was accounted missing by individuals from his family.

Ibebuogu was said to have gone out at Apo, Abuja for Suleja, Niger State on May 27, 2018 yet never touched base at his destination.

The missing man’s telephone was anyway followed to one of the suspect who drove detectives to capture his assistants.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, who strutted the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, clarified that Okocha admitted that he hit Ibebuogu on his head with a mallet when he attempted to take control of their operational auto from the driver.

“The suspects said they abandoned his body under Apo Bridge. Efforts are being made to recuperate the remaining parts of the deceased. The car used by the gang, was an army green Volkswagen Passat Wagon, one mallet and telephone of the deceased have been recouped as exhibits,” Bello expressed.

Ezeanyido, who said he was a cabbie before he joined the burglary posse stated, “I and my friend, Okocha came to Abuja, so we picked the man in our cab. When the man noticed that we wanted to rob him, he started dragging the steering with the driver; so this brother (Agbo) hit him on the shoulder with a hammer and we stopped the cab and allowed him to go, but he was not dead when we left him.”

Okocha asserted he was working together at Wuse showcase, Abuja yet chose to join the gang after he had issues with a few people.

Describing how the posse worked, he said that they normally victimized one individual at once in their taxi.

He stated, “We usually pick a passenger and while driving, the driver would ask him to put on his seatbelt while magic finger (Agbo) would cleverly snatch the victim’s money or phone.

“So the man (Ibebuogu) noticed what was happening and he attempted to take over the steering, I hit him with a hammer on his shoulder and wrist, we stopped the cab and he disembarked; we were surprised to hear that he died,” Okocha said.

Agbo who was in charge of picking the victims pocket or luggages asserted he joined the crew around three months prior, including that he had burglarized just four people.

“I just began looting around three months, I have ransacked only three or four people,” he expressed.

The police additionally uncovered that they have captured one Kasimu Yakubu at Ankpa, Kogi State and recuperated an Abuja shaded taxi Volkswagen Golf car with plate number ABJ 447 ES which was before detailed grabbed from its proprietor around Apo at gunpoint.

“The suspect revealed that his syndicate specialised in snatching cars from Abuja and selling them to ready buyers in Kogi State. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang and recover the arms used for the robbery operation,” Bello said.

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