Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a gang of robbers for allegedly stealing phones from prostitutes in Ogun State and selling the valuables to sex workers in Lagos .
The two suspects – Semiu Obanla , 35 , and David Edet , 32 – were arrested in a hotel at Abule Egba , Lagos , after a stolen phone was tracked to where they lodged .
The suspects , who were both married with children , allegedly confessed to the crime in their statements to the police .
Obanla said , “David and I met at a site in Ikorodu where we worked as casual workers before extending the working relationship to friendship . Aside from working at construction sites , I also work at the Idi -Iroko border where I assist smugglers .
“Sometime in February 2018, I reconnected with David . I invited him to work at the border after his attempt to raise money through yahoo -yahoo
( Internet fraud) failed .
“We agreed to start stealing phones and valuables from our lovers and prostitutes because we usually visit brothels daily for sexual pleasure after work .
“That night, after drinking at a bar in the Atan area of Ogun State , Edet and I proceeded to negotiate with prostitutes for sexual pleasure . Before approaching them , we planned to steal their valuables .
“The plan was successful . We had two unsuspecting prostitutes who believed we were good customers , but didn ’t know our motives. We agreed for N 5, 000 for a night for each of the prostitutes. We paid N3 ,000 for lodging overnight at a nearby motel , which we used regularly.”
He added that around 3 am , Edet sneaked into his room and stole his ( Obanla ) phone and that of the sex worker in order not to raise any suspicion .
The suspect said they sold the phone to another sexual worker in Abule Egba , Lagos , for N 20 ,000 and shared the proceeds .
Obanla said sometime in April , he met a lady on a bus while travelling with his accomplice from Atan to Idi -Iroko , Ogun State .
“I spoke to the lady and invited her to our regular drinking bar.
“As usual , Edet and I planned how to steal the lady ’s mobile phone and flee the scene . When the lady arrived at the bar where we were waiting for her , Edet and I sat separately to avoid being seen together .
“I purposely used the lady ’s phone till the battery was low . I offered to help her charge the phone inside the bar. She agreed and released it to me .
“I kept the phone in my pocket and walked out to tell her that I was helping her to charge it. I then pretended I was receiving calls and stepped outside the bar from where I fled on a motorcycle and Edet followed me .
“We proceeded to the Abule Egba brothel to sell the phone as usual . We sold the phone to a sex worker . It was there that RRS officers tracked the phone to us and arrested us ,” he said .
The police said they recovered two phones from the suspects .
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti , said the men had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba .
He warned Lagosians to be cautious of criminals who pretend to be helpers, adding that the command would continue to hound criminals in the state .