Four armed robbery suspects arrested in military uniforms in Edo
The Edo State Police Command has announced the arrest of four robbery suspects who not only robbed unsuspecting individuals while disguised in military uniform but were also members of local cult groups that terrorise the people of Benin.
The arrest was made by the Intelligence Unit of the command after a petition was filed by Grace Ainabe following a robbery in her home.
According to SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the command’s spokesperson, the robbery suspects – Iyabor Victor (35), Osas Aganmwonyi (28), Nosa Owie (24), and Idi Etukudo – broke into Ainabe’s home in Teboga Community, off Lucky Way, while dressed in army camouflage. The suspects were armed with guns and allegedly stole money, phones, and jewellery.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, Nwabuzor revealed that the suspects were apprehended following an investigation and subsequent intelligence gathering. Further items recovered from the suspects included army camouflage uniforms, pairs of army boots, army T-shirts, belts, and berets.
He said, “The suspect entered her house through the ceiling and robbed the entire family of their belongings and forcefully transferred the sum of N447,000 from the victims’ account.
“They collected her phone and forcefully obtained her secret code number for them to have access to her bank account.”
Victor, the prime suspect in a recent robbery case, has revealed that they were tipped off by the victim’s in-law, Johanna.
After transferring the stolen money, the suspects reportedly converted it into foreign currency and divided it among themselves before being apprehended by the police.
During their arrest, a number of items were recovered from the suspects, including an iPhone 13 valued at N500,000.00, an iPhone 6 valued at N48,000.00, jewellery worth N850,000, table fans valued at N140,000, standing fans worth N95,000, an LG split Air Conditioner worth N360,000, a washing machine, Inverter battery/accessories, and gas cylinders, among other things.
“I got the military uniform from the house of a military officer, who died some time ago.
“We entered the woman’s house through the ceiling, forcefully collected her pin and transferred the money in her account,” Victor added.