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How South African returnee robbed man of N1.5m worth of laptops – police

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Two suspected robbers, who lured a computer dealer to a desolate location and robbed him of three Apple laptops valued at N1.5 million at gun point have been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad.

The suspects, Victor Remi (27), a forex trader who was a returnee from South Africa and Ekeh Maxwell, 23, a musician, were arrested last Monday, weeks after their heist.

The suspects, both residents of 18, Alexandra Street, Abule Egba, Lagos, disclosed that they got all the necessary information on their victim through his twitter handle.

They added that they opened up conversation with him immediately and placed an order for two Apple laptops (MacBook Pro – 2018 edition).

According to Remi, “I told the dealer I was the Managing Director of a new company in Acme Road, Ikeja. I also told him that my daughter recommended him and that his laptops are legit. I ordered one for myself and another for my secretary.

“It took us a week to initiate, perfect our plan and execute it. My colleague, Maxwell borrowed his brother’s Camry (FKJ 833 EZ) for the deed. We bought a toy gun and painted it. I controlled the dealer to Acme Crescent because we knew the location was a desolate area.

“While Maxwell drove, I whatsapped the dealer that he should bring the consignment to my office. I told him that my driver would pick him up at Acme Crescent.

“We met him there. He entered the vehicle, while the driver picked me up few meters from where he entered. He was sitting in front with the laptops. 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 escaped”.

Police sources revealed that Remi subsequently duped his accomplice. He told the other man that they got two Apple laptops instead of three.
Remi also lied to his partner that he sold each of the two laptops for N250,000 each, instead of their original market value of N500,000:00 for which he sold them. He confessed that he only gave Maxwell N250,000.

According to the computer dealer, who does not want his name in print, “one Uche ordered for two Apple laptops. 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”.

The three Apple laptops have so far been recovered from their buyers, while the gang reportedly threw away the toy gun after the operation.

The Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu advised Lagosians to moderate the amount of information they expose publicly through the social media, adding that criminal minded elements are exploiting the social media to perpetrate crime.
He restated the commitment of the Command to remain unrelenting in the pursuit of criminals in the state.