Bandits Take Abducted Businessman On Robbery Spree

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armed robbery gang robbed for hours in various parts of Lagos State between
Sunday evening and Monday morning, using the vehicle of an abducted man, Mr.
Uche Ochuriuzor.
The robbers, who took Ochuriuzor round
during the robbery spree, also killed an unidentified man.
The development comes barely a week
after 20 armed robbers attacked Regal Seaview Estate, Lekki. Ochuriuzor said the robbers held him
for 17 hours, adding that the ease with which they operated was shocking.

Ochuruizor, who was locked up in the
boot of his Toyota Sequoia after the robbers had fled, was later rescued by
passersby who were attracted by his continuous shout for help.

He said, “I was driving home around
Idimu at 7:30pm when a gang of armed robbers attacked me. The robbers,
numbering about eight or 10, came in a vehicle and some of them entered my SUV.
“They pushed me into the boot and
drove off. The robbers were speaking in both Yoruba and Igbo languages. They
said they were after Toyota Camry and Toyota Sienna vehicles. At a point, they
(robbers) attempted to snatch a Camry but ended up shooting and killing the
occupant of the vehicle. They however did not snatch the car because a bullet
had damaged one of the tyres.
“The robbers later snatched a Sienna
and then drove to Ajah where they robbed and then drove to a beach around 2am.
The robbers later went to relax in the beach where they were enjoying
themselves.
Another witness, who spoke to our
correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said it was really surprising that
the robbers operated for that long without being caught.
The eyewitness said, “After about
three hours, they (robbers) drove to Atunrase Street, Surulere, where they
attacked a recharge card wholesaler.
“The robbers seemed to have had a
tip-off that one of the workers of the company was in possession of a huge sum
of cash. They (the robbers) attacked the employee and then made away with a
large number of recharge cards.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that around 11am, the robbers
moved down to Ishaga Road, near the Lagos University Teaching Hospital,
Idi-Araba where they robbed passers-by and shot sporadically.
“The robbers that I saw were more than
six. They shot into the air, causing passers-by to run helter-skelter. The robbers
then attacked a black Sports Utility Vehicle and shot at the driver but he
wasn’t hit,” he added.
It was learnt that when the bandits
noticed that one of the front tyres of Ochuriuzor’s SUV was about going flat,
they transferred all that they stole from their victims into the black SUV and
then sped off.
Ochuruizor, who was still disoriented,
said his fear throughout the robbery operations was that police could easily
mistake him for a robber and shoot him.
“When the robbers were operating, I
was just praying to God that the police shouldn’t accost them because exchange
of gunfire would have ensued and I would have been mistaken for an armed robber
and shot. At a point, I fainted inside the boot,” he said.
An inspection of Ochuruizor’s vehicle
at a police station on Hogan Bassey Street, Surulere, showed several recharge
cards and alcoholic drinks inside it.
Ochuruizor revealed that the robbers
carried out at least five operations between the time he was abducted and when
he regained his freedom.
He said, “During one of the robbery
operations, they stole a vehicle which did not have a number plate. The robbers
then called someone who brought a number plate and screwed it unto the vehicle.
“The robbers were also angry because
my registration number was inscribed all over my vehicle, including my windows.
I however apologised to them, telling them that I bought the SUV from someone
and had to secure it well.
 It was learnt that the vehicle
had been taken to Surulere Police Division.
The Police Public Relations Officer,
Ngozi Braide, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone,
said investigations were ongoing.
She added that the victim was held
incommunicado thus making it difficult for him to get in touch with the police.
She said, “The victim said he was
abducted at Idimu and pushed into the boot of his vehicle and later taken to
Ajah and Lekki area where the culprits robbed and then took him to a beach.
When asked how he knew he was in a beach since he was trapped in the boot, the
victim said the robbers brought him out of the SUV.
“He (victim) said they later took him
to Lawanson but when the robbers sighted a police convoy, they abandoned the
vehicle and fled.
“The police couldn’t do anything
because they hadn’t received any report since the victim had been rendered
incommunicado. The matter is being investigated at Surulere Division.”
Source:
Punch

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