Five suspected fraudsters who allegedly specializes in using Cab to pick unsuspecting passengers around Lekki, Lagos and later duped them had been remanded at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till they perfected the bail granted them by an Igbosere Magistrate Court for allegedly luring a housemaid, Blessing Achi to steal her employer’s box of jewelries valued at N15m for them to sell and use the proceeds to perform sacrifice on stolen $3m dollars before they could share the money,a claim the Police said the accused persons knew to be false.
The accused persons were identified as Hycienth Nwogu,60, the alleged ring leader, a resident of 7, Abimbola Street, Oyemekun, Ogba,Lagos from Abia State, Aloy Eyenne,45, who lives at 7,Abimbola Street, Ogba from Abia State, Darlington Nelson, aka IK, 68, a resident of 9, Fadipe Street, Idimu, Lagos from Imo State,
Others included Lucky Ikonne, 36, who lives at 7, Abimbola Street,Ogba,from Abia State and Chikodi Cyril,45, a resident of 12, Oladimeji Street, Ayobo, Ipana, Lagos from Imo State and, their alleged accomplice identified simply as Godwin is now at large.
Police alleged that trouble started for the suspects and the Maid from Cross River State on 3 May,2018 when the Maid left her employer’s residence at plot 13, Ayonde Akinmade Street, Phase I, Lekki, Lagos for an errand and entered a Cab from Lekki roundabout enroute to Obalende with three occupants inside.
Narrating what happened to the Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad, FSARS at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos, Achi allegedly stated: ‘I entered a Cab from Lekki roundabout with three occupants inside the Car enroute to Obalende for an errand for my Mafam and on our way,one of the passenger who identified himself simply as Godwin now on the run suddenly started crying and beging others to help him beg tbe driver not to take the box containing the sum of $3m inside the Car boot he stole from his employer to the Police Station.
‘The Godwin later pleaded with me to help him also beg the driver not to take the dollars to the Station with a promise to give me share from the money.
‘And the moment I intervened, the driver said he had changed his mind because of me and he drove us to Oyemekun, Ogba, Lagos to meet their boss, Nwogu who told us that before we could spend the money,we would need some money to perform ritual for the money before we could spend it to avoid untimely death.
‘Tbey asked me how .much I could provide from the money and I told them that I have no money because I am a housemaid.
“They later told me to go and bring my employer’s jewelries for them to sell for them to use the proceeds for the ritual with a promise to buy another jewelries for me to return to my employer after we share the dollars.
“But I was shocked after I gave them the jewelries, they failed to fulfill their promise, Ache allegedly told the Police.
Following the incident, the complainant, Divine Olaiya reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police, CP uncharge of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad, FSARS at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos, Mr Ibrahim. Kaoje who directed a team led by DSP Ibrahim Yusuf to fish out the suspects.
Following the directive, Yusuf swung into action and arrested Achi at a hideout and 5he allegedly confessed to the crime and led the Police to arrest all the accused persons at
All the accused were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a three count charge of felony to wit.Conspiracy and Obtaining goods under false pretence.
Police Counsel, DSP Charles Odii said in charge No E/49/2018 that the offences, the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411,287(1) and 324(a)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to charges and Magistrate, R. O Davies granted them bail in the sum of N2m each with two dirties each in like sum.
Davies Adjouried the case till case till 2 June, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendants be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till they fulfilled the bail conditions.
The maid and other accused person’s