One of the two members of a robbery gang in Lagos recently arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Investigative Bureau (SCIB), after an operation in Bucknor Estate in Lagos, Raphael Ugbekele, 33, has said that he and his gang members decided to rob his victim because the victim’s daughter “arrogantly” drove expensive cars withing the neighbourhood.
He was arrested alongside Ihenachor Samson, 25.
Raphael, who just returned from Ikoyi prisons after serving a jail term bordering on robbery and receiving stolen, said in his confessional statement: “It was at Ikoyi prison that I met the two members of the gang. I am the leader of the gang. I was the one that brought the guns that we used for operations”.
“One of my associates whom I met at Ikoyi prisons gave me the guns. After I returned from prison I began to squat with my cousin in the estate.
“I decided to rob the barrister because his daughter’s drove expensive vehicles arrogantly in the neighbourhood. We were able to carry out the operation successfully because I have watched and monitored them closely.
“I also met Olaitan, the receiver, in prison and he promised to help us sell the vehicle. He has only remitted N30,000 unfortunately he was caught, arrested, charged to court and is currently in Kwara prison where he is serving a jail term on robbery.”
It was gathered that the armed gang, which attacked the house of one barrister (names withheld), gained access into the compound through the back fence and reportedly tied up the security man and cut the burglary to gain access to the main apartment, where they allegedly stole the victim’s Porsche Chyes SUV, house appliances, plasma television, home theatre, clothing and other valuables.