The Police in Lagos has finally arrested suspected online fraudsters and ‘yahoo-yahoo boys’ who have been duping unsuspecting victims.
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspects who specialise in tricking sellers of expensive mobile phones pretending to be online buyers and thereafter rob the sellers at the point delivery.
The suspects, Wilfred Ehis, 30; Bright Eloho, 24, Emeka Egbemedu, 22 and Olanrewaju Kamilu, 33 were arrested on Wednesday evening in Olamulti Hotel, New Site, Iba, Ojo, Lagos.
The gangs had on 7th march, 2017 shot one Sgt. Garba Kadiri, an RRS operative while attempting to evade arrest when they were tracked down by the officers in Pretty Street, Iyana School, LASU – Iyana Road.
According to Ehis, a Chemical Engineering graduate of University of Benin, Ekpoma, Edo State, “what I do is shop online for expensive phones and goods. I request the sellers to make home delivery.
“I would send the delivery address to the seller. When the seller gets to the address, he would call me and I would control my boys to go to the delivery address and rob the seller.
“I don’t follow them to the robbery scene. It is only Nurudeen, alias “Onyeabo” that I know carry out the execution. I know he has a locally made short – gun. And, I am aware he had recruited other boys to join him in the robbery.
“All I do is stay in hotels. I don’t even go out at all. They do the robbery, sell the phones and give me, my own share of the deal.”
Sources stated that Ehis has several gangs who do his runs for him. The source added that he was into internet fraud and ATM point robbery. After his arrest, about 5 victims besieged RRS headquarters to give information about the operation of the gang.
Two of such victims claimed they lost N800,000 and N450,000 to him. Items recovered from Ehis are 3 phones; 2 Wrist watches, a Canon camera Eo87D; 1 necklace, 1 Sony laptop, a rap of Indian Hemp and an ash colour Altima salon car.