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We’re amazed that our victim died, say one-threat robbers who hit passenger with hammer

Police operatives connected to the Federal Capital Territory Command Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad have arrested five members of an armed theft gang that robbed unsuspecting passengers in their taxi.

The suspects, Ebuka Ezeanyido, 28; Chidebe Okocha, 36; Chukwuma Amichie, 30; Augustine Agbo, 32; and Chinedu Obi, 25, were arrested following research into the disappearance of one Michael Ibebuogu who become reported missing through members of his circle of relatives.

Ibebuogu became said to have left his brother’s house at Apo, Abuja for Suleja, Niger State on May 27, 2018 however never arrived at his vacation spot.
The lacking man’s phone was but traced to one of the suspects who led detectives to arrest his accomplices.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, who paraded the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, explained that Okocha confessed that he hit Ibebuogu on his head with a hammer when he attempted to take control of their operational automobile from the motive force.

“The suspects stated they abandoned his frame beneath Apo bridge. efforts are ongoing to recover the stays of the deceased. the operational automobile utilized by the group, an navy inexperienced Volkswagen Passat wagon, one hammer and contact of the deceased had been recovered as well-known shows,” Bello stated.

Ezeanyido, who said he was a taxi driver before he joined the robbery gang said, “I and my friend, Okocha came to Abuja, so we picked the man in our cab. while the man noticed that we wanted to rob him, he started out dragging the guidance with the driver; so this brother (Agbo) hit him on the shoulder with a hammer and we stopped the cab and allowed him to head, however he was not dead while we left him.”

Okocha claimed he was doing business at Wuse marketplace, Abuja but determined to sign up for the robbery gang after he had troubles with a few human beings.

Narrating how the crowd operated, he said that they typically robbed one character at a time of their taxi.

He said, “we normally select a passenger and at the same time as using, the motive force might ask him to place on his seat-belt while magic finger (Agbo) could cleverly take hold of the victim’s cash or smartphone.

“So the person (Ibebuogu) observed what became going on and he attempted to take over the steering, i hit him with a hammer on his shoulder and wrist, we stopped the cab and he disembarked; we had been amazed to hear that he died,” Okocha stated.

Agbo who was answerable for picking the sufferer’s pocket or bag claimed he joined the group about three months ago, adding that he had robbed simplest four humans.

“I simply started out robbing approximately 3 months, I've robbed just three or 4 people,” he said.
the police additionally discovered that they have got arrested one Kasimu Yakubu at Ankpa, Kogi nation and recovered an Abuja colored taxi Volkswagen golf car with registration number ABJ 447 ES which became earlier mentioned snatched from its proprietor round Apo at gunpoint.

“The suspect discovered that his syndicate specialized in snatching automobiles from Abuja and promoting them to geared up shoppers in Kogi State. effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang and get better the arms used for the theft operation,” Mr. Bello said.

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