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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

One year later, police track down robbery suspect.

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The police have tracked down a fleeing armed robbery suspect who was said to be member of a gang that robbed a family in Lafiaji Bybvene Vista Estate, Lekki, Lagos, last year.

The gang was said to have carted away property worth N8m and injured members of the family during the operation.

The suspect, identified as Stanley Jasper, was reportedly tracked down through one of the phones that were stolen.

PUNCH Metro gathered that on October 27, 2017, the robbers had gained entrance into the apartment of one Abiola Folawewo, threatening to kill him and his family if he refused to surrender all his belongings.

The family members were reportedly beaten by the robbers while they also made away with property valued at N8, 325,000.

It was learnt that one week after the incidence, the victim received a call from one of the robbers requesting the password of the stolen iPhone and some other items that were encoded.

It was reported that the IMEI of the stolen phones were handed over to the police and one of the phones; Samsung 6 Edge, was traced to Enugu State two weeks ago and the user of the phone was arrested.

The phone user, Victor Okenwa, claimed that he bought the phone from one Stanley Jasper, through Ekene Ikengah, a stylist in a barber’s in Lagos.

He said, “I met the owner of the phone through my friend. He showed me a Samsung 6 Edge and said it belonged to a girl living on his estate. We negotiated and we agreed for N37,000. I paid him N35,000 and I promised to pay the balance of N2,000 later. The transaction was successful until penultimate week when I was tracked down to Enugu State and arrested by the police, who claimed that the phone was stolen.

“I know the person that sold the phone to me and I took the police to where he coud be found in Lagos.”

The 29-year-old Jasper, however, denied knowledge of the robbery adding that he got the phone from a stranger who needed money urgently.

The Imo State indigene said, “The phone was sold to me by a guy at Abijo market square. He said his name was Samuel. We met in the market area on the day I was sharing our church fliers. I gave him a flier of our church and he called me and showed me the phone.

“He told me that he wanted to sell it because he needed money to travel. He said he wanted to sell it for N15,000 but I told him I had just N6,000. He agreed and sold the phone to me. After I bought it, I realised the phone had some issues, so I decided to resell it. I told my co-worker and he brought the guy whom I sold the phone to for N35,000.”

Jasper was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The police prosecutor, Micheal Unah, said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 297(1)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The charges read in part, “That you, Stanley Jasper and others now at large, on October 27, 2017, at about 2.30am, at Plot 1, Lafiaji Bybvene Vista Estate, Lekki, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, while armed with gun and other weapons, did snatch a Toyota Venza car valued N5.5m, two HP laptop valued N500,000, one Compaq laptop valued N120,000, one Lenovo laptop valued N170,000, one projector valued N120,000, one HP printer valued N60,000, two LG TV sets valued N450,000, one iPhone 6 phone valued N160,000, one Samsung 6 Edge phone valued N180,000, one European laptop bag valued N55,000, two wedding rings valued N200,000, jewelery worth N200,000, money withdrawn from ATM, N110,000, cash removed from the house, N20,000 and 15 Turkish bags valued N375,000, a total value of N8,325,000, property of Abiola Folawewo.”

The presiding magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, declined the defendant’s plea and order that he be remanded in prison.

The case was adjourned till December 10, 2018.
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