The police in Lagos State have smashed a syndicate of robbers, which specialises in robbing bureau de change operators in many parts of the country. The gang was led by a son of an Enugu multimillionaire transporter, while a Lebanese woman was said to be the bait the gang used to rob their victims Nigerian Tribune reports.
Seven members of the gang had been arrested by the police, while efforts were ongoing to arrest other members and their collaborators. The suspects were, on Wednesday, paraded before newsmen by the state police boss, Kayode Aderanti, who described the arrest as “the biggest catch of the year.”
Aderanti told newsmen that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the state police command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, in an operation led by the officer in charge, Abba Kyari.
He added that members of the gang had been arrested on many occasions in the past and had always found their way out. Aderanti, however, promised to do all within his power to ensure that the suspects were made to face the full wrath of the law.
Leader of the gang, Kingswill Eze, who had been operating under the name “Senator Nwobodo”, claimed that he just wanted to break away from the shadow of his father’s wealth. “I have been charged to court many times, but my men and I have a way of escaping justice. We are a well organised cartel,” he said.
The suspect, while speaking on the modus operandi of the group, narrated that “we take advantage of the bureau de change operators because some of them who don't have licence like to bring the money directly to us when we call them.”
The Lebanese woman, Almira Abdallahi, also confessed to be a member of the gang and blamed her involvement on her desire to take care of her five children. Thirty-two-year-old Amira told journalists that she was formally into a thriving interior decoration business before she joined the gang.