A suspected car-snatcher, Austine Orji, has recounted how he was lured into being an armed robber by a friend upon his arrest.
Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad arrested Orji, a member of a three-man syndicate which specializes in snatching exotic cars within and outside Lagos.
The 33-year old suspect, Austine Orji, was arrested at Elegushi while dispossessing residents who had come to relax at the beach of their valuables.
E247mag.com understand that after snatching cars at gunpoint, the syndicate then contact other receivers who in turn dismantle the car and then sell in parts at the popular Ladipo market in Lagos.
“I was arrested by the police because I am a car snatcher. I was a driver before I went into car snatching. I was arrested at Elegushi beach,” Orji said.
“However, my friend, Victor, who introduced me into armed robbery, escaped. I stopped driving in December 2018, after which Victor invited me to Ore, saying he had a business he wanted to introduce me to. When I got there, both of us traveled to Benin City, where we rented a locally made gun.
“We rented it for N30,000 but we paid N10,000 cash and promised to pay the balance of N20,000 when we return from robbery operation.
“We have only snatched a car before I was arrested. I got N12,500 as my share from the N60,000. “We successfully snatched an old model Corolla car, which we sold for N60,000 as scrap.
“The vehicle was butchered and sold in parts at Ladipo market, after I called an acquaintance, Ugobest, at Ladipo. Ugobest connected me to the person who bought the vehicle parts.”