27-year-old commercial bus driver based in Benue State, Monday Otupa and three the others, Joseph Oriyan, 27, Basil Fabian 39 and Mike Onazi, 34, were arrested for armed robbery and car snatching in different parts of Nigeria.
Security operatives also recovered the suspects’ locally made gun that uses Ak47 ammunition among other dangerous weapons they used during their operations.
According to TheNation, a number of the suspects are from Benue State plus they have no residential house in Lagos and Abuja. If they operate in Abuja and Lagos, they might take the snatched cars to Port Harcourt to market.
The four-man gang has members in Lagos, Enugu, Benue and Port Harcourt. When they want to operate in each state they call their members to prepare that they were coming.
They used to operate in a Commando way and each member has specific role to play. They’ve mechanic, rewire, painter, and a member whose role is always to perfect customs papers, vehicle number plates and good receivers.
Innocent buyers address them as car dealers without car shops, yet they claimed to be buying the cars from Cotonou and other West African countries and abroad.
Among the gang members named Joseph (Joe) have been arrested a lot more than three times, charged to court and remanded in prison and, sometimes convicted, yet, he always secures freedom to join his members.
In his confession, Monday said: “We used women prostitute to get information on how police are looking for us and the positioning of the victims following the operation.
We used to settle hotels that aren’t well patronized and situated in a remote area and at times the owners of the hotels and their employees assist us with information and private accommodation that we pay special money. ”