- Two Nigerian entertainers have been arrested on suspicion of robbery in Lagos state
- Identified as Chinonso Michael and Chimelu Victory, they cited hunger during the lockdown as their reason for going into crime
- The two had bought an iPhone 11 with a fake alert, and then later sold the phone for the sum of N350k
- Chinonso who is a singer and Chimelu, a pianist, also admitted to engaging in internet fraud
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Two entertainers; a musician and a pianist were recently arrested by the Rapid Response Squad unit of the Lagos Police Command, on suspicion of robbery.
Identified as Chinonso Michael (25) and Chimelu Victory (22), the duo confessed to robbery stating that the hunger during the COVID-19 lockdown forced them into a life of crime.
According to reports, the duo had on April 10, 2020, ordered pay on delivery, an iPhone 11 Pro Max valued at N450,000 from an online platform, from their service charge apartment in Ajah.
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On receipt of the phone, Chimelu, the buyer generated a fake alert to the rider first and later, with the connivance of Chinonso escaped from the apartment after they had tied down the dispatch rider with a bottle of alcoholic beverage.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max was sold for a sum of N350,000 which was transferred into Chinoso’s bank account.
They were arrested in the company of 5 other suspects at their residence at 4 Modupe Young Thomas Estate, Ajah, Lagos by the Decoy Team of RRS.
Pictured with bandages, the suspects were said to have jumped off from the first floor to the ground naked at their apartment into the streets on sighting the police.
Chinonso fractured his arm and bruised him chin immediately he landed on the ground floor. He then instantly took to the streets naked before he was arrested and taken to the hospital.
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They confessed that the crime was the third time they sold iPhone 11 Pro Max during the COVID-19 lockdown, adding that two of the phones were carted online with stolen credit cards.
The two who perform at separate Lagos nightclubs attributed their actions to the COVID-19 lockdown stressing that there was nothing going on and they didn't have anything to eat.
The suspects confessed that apart from their musical careers, they also engage in internet fraud.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 150 suspects have been arrested by the Ogun state police command in relation to the recent spate of crimes including robberies, burglaries and cult violence in some parts of the state.
Legit.ng gathered that these crimes have caused unrest and tension for residents within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of Ogun state.
Since the lockdown as a result of the global pandemic of coronavirus, there have been increased reports of armed robberies by residents located in Owode, Ilepa, Ifo, Arigbajo, Itori, Dalemo, Ijoko, Joju, Sango, Ota, Ifo, Agbado-Ijaiye among other communities in Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota local government areas of the state.