Police IRT arrest Ghanaian robbers who rob, attack victims with raw acid

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By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.

THE Police in Lagos yesterday destroyed hard drugs with street value put at a whopping N450million. The hard drugs and other psychotropic substances including India hemp, codeine, tramadol, cocaine and heroin were publicly set ablaze at Elegbe dump site, Ikorodu Lagos.  The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Imohimi Edgal who led some other operatives of sister agencies to ther site of destruction said  he observed that the Command’s store room was filled to the brim and therefore, approached the court to destroy the hard stuff adding that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse in the state. Edgal said one of his policy thrust upon assumption of office was tackle illicit drug deals knowing full well that there is a strong correlation between crime and drugs.

His words: “You will recall that when I took over as Lagos CP, I stated that I would fight crime with every available resource. The substances we are destroying here were recovered during the course of raiding on criminal hideouts. The substances contain Cocaine, Tramadol, Codeine, Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs worth over N400m. We know there is a nexus between drugs and crime. Perhaps the availability of drugs and arms are the reasons why we have crimes. This is why we have decided to fight illegal use and sale of drugs and we have been receiving assistance through partnership with security agencies and the Lagos State government. These drugs were seized between Jan. 2018 and now. Since our store had become filled beyond capacity, we decided to approach the court for order to destroy them.”

The Police boss who thanked members of the public for volunteering useful information that led to the interdiction of the killer drugs further called for continued partnership to fully tackled the menace of illicit drug deals saying, “I will advise everyone to partner with us so that we can protect our children from illegal use of drugs. I want to assure Lagosians that this partnership will be strengthened as we will go from community to community to get the drugs off the street.”

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Police IRT arrest Ghanaian robbers who rob, attack victims with raw acid

By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.

TWO foreign armed robbers who specialized in attacking their victims with raw acid after they had robbed them have been arrested by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team IGP IRT.  The suspects who were rounded up in the home of a witch doctor in far away Nsuka, Enugu State while prepare charms to evade arrest were identified as Messrs Eric Aidan and Matthew Kwasha both from Ghana. CrimeWorld was told that the arrest which led by the Commander of the IRT, DCP Abba Kayri followed a petition of the criminal activities of these foreigner armed robbers who usually present themselves for employment as driver and conductor with a view to perfecting their strategies before striking. But sources said luck ran out of these wicked elements on December 9, 2018 after they attacked one Taiwo Adesanya, a truck driver with raw acid in Olukwu area of Benin City, pulled him out of his truck thinking he was dead and disappeared with 600 bags of sugar contained in the truck. and dragged him out of the truck. It was learnt that the attack was reported at the nearest Police station without meaningful result following which a fresh petition was made to the office of the IGP who promptly mandated the DCP Abba Kayri-led IRT to unearth perpetrators of the heinous crime.  Police investigations revealed that these foreign armed robbers after robbing their victims of their belongings, they would sell them at give away price to ready buyers and quickly relocate to another state from where they would offer themselves for another employment and strike again.

One of the victims of this callous attack, Mr. Taiwo while speaking to newsmen said, “I am a driver with Limtob Global Ventures, Shagamu, Ogun State. You can see that I am half dead. I am partially blind and this is the handwork of the two Ghanaians. One of them is my conductor and the other one is his accomplice. On the fateful day, I did not have the premonition that something sinister was going to happen to me. I was assigned by my company to go and pick 600 bags of sugar to supply to a Brewery in Benin City, Edo State. I went with my conductor, Matthew a Ghanaian but I didn’t know that he is a killer and a robber. I did not know that he was planning to kill me and divert the goods the company sent us to deliver to another company. My conductor told me that I should assist one of his friends who joined us at the Command area of Shagamu as he was going to Benin. Out of my magnanimity, I accepted to offer my conductor and his friend assistance. I did not know that I was digging my own grave. Really, the guy met us and I recognized him as one of our staff who was sacked some time ago.”

continuing, he said, “My conductor’s friend narrated how he has been suffering and I pitied him and even bought food for him and my conductor. They did not portray any iota of wickedness as they were showing appreciations to me and was so relaxed with them. When we arrived Olukwu, near Benin, I became tired and parked my vehicle and slept off inside the front seat. I was in very deep sleep when something like the fire started ravaging my body and I quickly woke up in excruciating pains. I did not know what was happening to me but I could not see again. I started shouting for help. As I was shouting for help, the fire was cutting me into pieces. While I was shouting I was hearing the voices of my conductor and his friend. They were speaking in Ghana language mixed with pigeon English. My conductor was telling his friend to finish me with the wheel spanner and his freind replied that the acid was enough to kill him. That was when I realised that it was acid they poured on me. I pretended as if I was dead. My conductor said, the man is already dead, and they dragged me out of the vehicle and dumped me by the roadside. It was at that instance that I started shouting for help and some good Nigerians rushed me to the hospital. I temporarily lost consciousness. I was later told by my family members that they were informed that robbers poured acid on me and took away my company’s vehicle. I can’t really say how I was traced to Benin by the management of my Company also the directed has been taking care of my medical bill. As it is now, I don’t know whether I will survive, because the pain is too much to bear. I am going through serious pains. I have been told that I need plastic surgery and I need to save one of the eyes that I use to see partially. The other one is totally blind. Secondly, I need justice. I am begging that the government should let those who poured me acid go through the same pains that I am going through. I did good for them and they paid me with evil. They should be paid with the coins they paid me. I must commend my company and The Nigeria Police IRT Unit. Also The Company is trying, but the burden is too much for a one-man business. The company cannot single-handedly foot my bills. I don’t want to die, I still have wife and children to cater for.”

Confessing to the crime, suspect Eric admitted buying N2000 worth of acid at Shagamu with the intent of pouring it on the driver adding however that it was Matthew who pushed him into the crime. “We are not professional robbers. We are ordinary thieves. We use to steal small car batteries and other crimes before Mathew planned the operation and begged me to join him hence we started perfecting the plans. We agreed that after killing the driver, we would divert the Truck and sell all the goods and also sell the back of the truck only because the head of the truck has a tracking device hidden inside. When we arrived Olukwu in Edo State I poured the acid into a cup and then handed it over to Mathew who poured it on the driver who was fast asleep. It was when the driver screamed in pains that I realized the gravity of what we had done. The driver was able to recognize us because I shouted Eric’s me. The driver responded in Yoruba “Omo Ghana has killed me. We drove the truck to Matthew’s sisters house in Owo where someone was waiting to buy the sugar. We kept the goods in the care of Matthew’s sister and drove the truck back to Olukwu where we abandoned it. We later sold the back of the truck to someone for N700,000. The buyer paid N600,000. I gave Matthew N300,000 and I kept the other N300,000 to myself. We then relocated to Nsuka where we went to see an herbalist and we were arrested at Nsuka Enugu State.”

*A victim of the acid attack while narrating his ordeal…

Meanwhile, Police said the truck had been recovered from the buyers while the foreigners would be arraigned at the end of investigation.

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