Parade Of Uber Robbery Suspect Turns Dramatic
On the night of Friday, October 19, 2018, an Uber driver picked a female passenger from Oniru to Orchid Hotel by 2nd Toll-gate, Lekki, unknown to him that the woman belonged to a gang of armed robbers.
On their way to the said hotel, the woman asked the Uber driver to pull over, to enable her collect money from her boyfriend.
The driver obliged her request and pulled over, in the process, three armed men emerged and robbed the driver of his saloon car with Reg. No. KRD-827-EY, his two phones and a cash sum of 20,000 naira.
Thereafter, they zoomed off with the woman.
On receipt of the report, operatives of SARS, Oshodi-Tapa, Lagos Island base, swung into action and visited the scene of incident, where they picked objects of evidence for analysis.
The result of the enquiry led to the arrest of two men suspected to be involved in the crime, namely: Zino Tochukwu Ude and Anumelechi Chris Williams.
They also recovered what they referred to as their operational arms; a cut to size double barrel gun with two live cartridges.
The police commissioner stated that during interrogation, “they confessed to the crime and aided operatives to recover the stolen car”.
“They equally confessed to series of car snatching operations in Lagos and other contiguous states.
“They also led the operatives to recover one Honda Saloon Car with Reg. No. GGE-954-BQ which they snatched in Delta State," he said.
But not long after the Commissioner of Police left the briefing with the media on the case, a middle-aged woman walked into the venue within the premises of the Force Headquarters in Ikeja.
She wept profusely and seemed to be losing her breath as sympathizers rallied and helped her to maintain her balance.
When asked what her trouble was, she introduced herself as a sister to one of the two men arrested.
The family had been searching for him and the parade was her first time discovering that he had been held for armed robbery.
She described her brother as a gentle and responsible person, claiming he would not hurt a fly and wondered how he ended up being paraded as a suspected robber.
She cried that their aged mother could die if the news reached her.
Perhaps the woman missed the part where both suspects nodded in admittance to the crime they were held for while the Commissioner of Police addressed them.
Could this be a case of a man with dual identities? She has been advised to present her claims to the police, while we wait for the completion of investigation.
“Investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting fleeing members of the gang for prosecution,” the CP had earlier said.
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