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It Takes Me Four Minutes To Steal A Vehicle’s Brain Box —- Political Science Graduate Turned Robber

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The operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested two suspects, who specialized in vandalizing vehicles and stealing their brain boxes.

The suspects Sodiq Musa, 28 years old and Saidu Atiku, 34 years old were arrested at 27, Awolowo road, Ikeja, with three Toyota vehicle brain boxes while Ridwan Adamu escaped with the fourth box.

One of the suspects, Sodiq claimed he was a graduate of Political Science from one of the Nigerian University where he studied Political Science before he came to Lagos in 2017 in search of greener pasture.

“I worked in Lagos as a barbeque man in various hotels and events before I met Ridwan who introduced me to brain box theft where He taught me all the antics and styles.”

“We use ‘magic stone’ that is, a vehicle spark plug to break vehicle windows without attracting attention. It takes two minutes to lose a Toyota Hiace bus brain box and it takes four minutes to lose a Toyota Hilux box”.

“The spark plug reduces the noise and effects quick break of any vehicle window and we tie the plug in a handkerchief in a situation where we have multiple vehicles to work on.”

In his confessional statement to the RRS operatives, Sodiq told the officers that Saidu was a security guard who works for a company located on that street where they were arrested and had earlier in the day called Ridwan who is the leader of the team to come feast on vehicles belonging to their company which are parked outside the company’s premises but which he Saidu is supposed to guard.

On getting the hint, Ridwan and Sodiq set to action and got to the venue around 1:00 a.m.

They broke into two Toyota Hiace and two Toyota Hilux belonging to the company who employed Saidu as night guard stealing their brain boxes before another security nearby raised alarm. This led to their arrest and Sodiq was caught with three boxes while Ridwan fled with one.

Sodiq was thereafter taken to RRS Headquarters, where he confessed the involvement of Saidu. He disclosed that he invited them for the operation and was reported to have slept beside the vehicles, which they vandalized and stole from while Saidu cooperated and pretended like nothing was happening.

“We specialized in stealing Toyota brain boxes because they fetch good money in the market. The demand for them is higher than any other brand. For example, we sold the brain box of a Toyota Hiace bus for N40,000 while that of Toyota Hilux goes for N20,000 respectively”.

“Ridwan connects with the buyers of the brainboxes who he claimed are from the popular spare part market in Lagos. We always meet the buyers outside the market where we exchange our loots for cash.

They usually pay in cash and will never wait more than two minutes as we already have an understanding on the prices”.

“Ridwan gives me 40% of whatever we make from the sale of our loots. He has never disclosed where we were to carry out our next operation because he feels he is my boss.

Our target areas are usually night clubs where people come with different types of vehicles. We strike around 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. when most of the clubbers would have started enjoying themselves”.

The suspect also confessed to have stolen two boxes at a popular night club in Lekki, another at Ogunlana Drive and Allen Avenue, Ikeja. All these areas house popular night clubs and joints in Lagos.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu in his reaction to the incident directed the transfer of the case to State CID, Panti.

He advised nightclubbers in the State to be extra careful while enjoying themselves and leaving their vehicles parked where it’s not safe.

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Zenith Bank Flags Off Z-Woman Business Package, Offers N10m Loan At Single-Digit Interest Rate [DETAILS]

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Zenith Bank Plc has introduced a new package for women called the Z-Woman Business Package.

The Z-Woman Business Package is designed to address the unique needs of women-owned businesses.

The package includes:

Loans of up t0 N10m at a single-digit interest rate

Free digital skills training

Free exhibition stands at Zenith Bank events.

To register, please visit www.zenithbank.com/zwoman

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18 High-Profile Looters Who Ran Abroad To Be Repatriated Soon —- EFCC Boss

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to repatriate 18 high-profile looters hiding in some countries outside Nigeria.

Acting EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, during a chat with newsmen. Magu was in Ilorin to assess facilities at the Ilorin zonal office of the commission.

The EFCC chairman assured Nigerians that his agency would pursue the anti-graft war with renewed vigour this year.

He added that no ongoing corruption case across the country would be abandoned midway, and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations in such cases were completed.

He also stated that the Ilorin zonal office of the EFCC was not established to witch hunt the immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

He said: “We will repatriate all looters hiding anywhere in the world. I think there are about 18 of them; I mean high-profile looters.

“We did not also establish the Ilorin zonal office to witch hunt anyone. Kwara is an integral part of Nigeria and deserves an EFCC office. We need the cooperation of the media in making Nigeria corruption-free. EFCC cannot do it alone.”

Answering another question, Magu said: “I feel good as acting EFCC chairman because we are performing and the media can attest to this.”

Magu further disclosed that he was going around the zonal offices to make sure that everything was under control, for the effective performance of the commission.

He affirmed that the campaign against corruption has just started, noting that part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for his London visit was to seek the support of international bodies in the extradition of Nigerian looters hiding in foreign countries, disclosing that more looters would be repatriated for prosecution.
He disclosed the plan of the EFCC to organize a massive protest against corruption across the country on February 14, in collaboration with members of the National Youth Service Corps.

He sought the cooperation of the media to enable the agency to succeed in its efforts at making Nigeria corruption-free.

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How We Killed Fireman Generator Boss; Collected N900m Original Land Document From Him, Dumped Butchered Body In Lagos Swamp — Medical Doctor [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]

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A 42-year-old Medical Doctor, Daniel Ibeaji, has told police how he lured Anambra State billionaire and owner of Fireman Generators Chief Ignatius Odunukwe to his hotel room with the pretense that he wanted to buy a property from him.

Three other suspects identified as Arinze Igwe (26), hotel worker; Solomon Cletus (30); and Israel Obigaremu, an Uber driver (35), were arrested by the detectives attached to Zonal Intervention Squad of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos State after painstaking investigation.

According to Ibeaji, he went to Abuja for a function and saw the property at Katampe Estate and then approached the security guard that he is interested in buying it.

The guard introduced him to Chief Odunukwe via phone and they both exchanged phone numbers.

He said after he left Abuja and came to Lagos, he contacted Chief Odunukwe that he was the one interested in buying the building and they both fixed a price of N900 million for the property.

The Doctor said: “We met in Lagos before the incident to discussed some modalities. We then fixed another date for December 1, 2019, and before then I had my plan of what to do because he promised to come along with the original documents of the building. On that fateful day, my boys were already within the hotel premises and told them to be on alert.

“I was at a beach resort when he came to meet me. It was on Sunday. There was a lot of party going on in the hotel. Immediately he arrived, I walked him straight into my room where he sat on the sofa and we started discussing the business. After I drew I bag containing some money to show him that I am committed to buying the property. As he was bowing down to check the content inside the bag, I went behind him and hit him with an axe twice on the head and he fell down.

“Immediately, Chief Odunukwe fell down, he was still struggling on the ground, I called Cletus and we dragged him into the toilet, where we injected him with a poisonous substance. Then he was confirmed dead.

“I and Cletus forced his body into a carton, but the carton tore in the process. I then sent Cletus to get a Ghana Must Go bag, which we later used and then sellotaped the bag, after which we were planning on how to dump his body in the bush or expressway.”

Ibeaji said Cletus then went into the hotel with the hope to survey the area, adding: “Fortunately, one of the hotel workers, one Arinze, promised to help and we also promised to loan him N2 million if we are able to move it out of the hotel.”

Cletus on his own said when he saw Arinze, he lied to him that they have something they wanted to dispose and he doesn’t know where to dump it, adding: “When Ibeaji then came in and promised to loan Arinze N2 million, it was then he agreed to show us where to dump it.

“We were able to move the deceased’s remains out of the hotel through the laundry section because there was a serious noise at the hotel as a result of the party on a fateful day. When we got to Ogombo, we chopped the body into pieces and then threw the remains of the Chief into the swamp and went back to the hotel.

“I met Ibeaji in prison at Abuja. It was there Ibeaji told me he has a business he wanted me to help him execute in Lagos last year. When I came out of prison in September, we contacted each other by phone and we meet in Lagos. It was then he told me about the deal and promise to loan me N2 million to start a business of my own. I fell for the money because I don’t have hope to start my life afresh.”

 

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