- A South African returnee and one other suspect have been arrested by the Lagos state police command
- The suspects were arrested for allegedly dispossessing a laptop dealer of three Apple laptops valued at N1.5million at gunpoint
- The suspects ordered ordered for the Apple laptops and dispossessed the dealers of the items at gunpoint upon arrival
A south African returnee has been arrested alongside another suspect by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for allegedly dispossessing a laptop dealer of three Apple laptops valued at N1.5million at gunpoint.
Vanguard reports that the suspects: Victor Remi, 27, who claims to be a forex trader and Ekeh Maxwell, 23, a musician, posed as a driver and managing director of a company.
Legit.ng gathers that the suspects ordered ordered for the Apple laptops (MacBook Pro – 2018 edition) and dispossessed the dealers of the items at gunpoint upon arrival.
The South African returnee, Remi, said: “I told the dealer I was the managing director of a new company on Acme Road, Ikeja. I also told him that my daughter recommended him and that his laptops were good. I ordered one for myself and another for my secretary and told him to bring them."
Remi said it took them a week to initiate, perfect and execute the plan, adding that his colleague, Maxwell, borrowed his brother’s Camry car (FKJ 833 EZ) for the deed.
He said: "We bought a toy gun and painted it. I told the dealer to meet me at Acme Crescent because we knew the location was a desolate area.
"While Maxwell drove, I sent the dealer a message on WhatsApp to bring the consignment to my office, last Monday. I told him that my driver would pick him up at Acme Crescent."
Remi said Maxwell picked him at the designated point, while he joined then few meters from where he entered.
The South Africa returnee said: "He (dealer) sat in front with the laptops. Immediately I entered, I placed the gun on his neck and ordered him to surrender them. We wanted to take his phone too but he pleaded not to be stripped of everything. We told him to alight from the car and we zoomed off."
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, who craved anonymity: said: "We were communicating on WhatsApp. I never had an inkling that they were robbers. They used a gun and knife to dispossess me of the laptops. The three laptops are worth N1.5 million.”
However, the stolen laptops have been recovered from their buyers and returned to the owner.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, presented South Africa returnees of Ondo state origin with cash gift of N100,000 each as part of the measures to resettle them in their various communities.
Akeredolu, who presented the cash gifts to the returnees on Saturday, October 6, also promised to give necessary support and provide an enabling environment for them to start a new life.
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