Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested an alleged member of a five-man gang that specializes in stealing motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as ‘keke Napep’, in the Lagos metropolis.
The suspect, 21-year-old Ekene Chukwuma, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday after he and four other members of his gang broke into an apartment at 49, Falana Street, Iyana-Ejigbo Lagos, and carted away a tricycle and a motorcycle around 2:00 am.
Ekene, a native of Enugu State, told the police during interrogation about how he was introduced into motorcycle and tricycle stealing business by his mentor named ‘Alhaji’.
“I relocated from Amukoko to Ijora in search of greener pasture because I was told there is money in Ijora and Mushin. I work as a truck pusher at Ojuade market where I helped people to convey their goods from one location to another before Alhaji told me to stop the work for a better one.
“Alhaji told me he was called for a work by one ‘Ajona’ and asked me if I will like to join in the job, promising me a better pay and less stress. I accepted Alhaji’s idea but didn’t know we are going for stealing,” he added.
“We were on our way when we met RRS men who stopped us but we refused to stop. So they (RRS) chased us. We were at full speed trying to escape when we crashed before taking to our heels, but the police caught me,” he confessed.
Ekene in his statement to the Police claimed, “we sell stolen Keke Napep between N75,000 to N80,000, while motorcycles are sold between N30,000 to N40,000.”
The owner of the motorcycle, Mr. Nduka Oyekachi Innocent, who was alerted of the theft and invited to RRS Office, said he parked the tricycle in his compound at 49, Falana Street, Iyana-Ejigbo, and went to bed only to discover the following morning that the tricycle had disappeared.
Items recovered from the suspect who has been transferred to the Lagos Police State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation included an iron cutter, tricycle, and a motorcycle.