Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos state recently arrested a man who specialized in stealing laptops and other valuables from people at Seminars and conferences.
The suspect, Ikemefuna Aje, 47, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by RRS operatives after he had gate-crashed into a seminar organized for internet brand managers at a popular hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. He made away with 5 apple MacBook laptops, one HP computer and some personal effects of the workshop participants.
Ikemufuna’s activities were recorded by a CCTV camera installed at the venue of the event. Footage from the camera revealed the time the suspect drove into the venue and how he headed straight into seminar precisely when the participants were having lunch in another room.
The suspect, who was corporately dressed, wore a tag given only to seminar participants in order to blend in before making away with the items.He took the stolen items to computer village, Ikeja, and sold 5 Mac Books and one HP computer to one Saliu Ibraheem for N1,110,000.
RRS operatives traced the suspect to No. 5, Tony Street, Ejigbo, Lagos where he was hosting about 34 people to an in-house church fellowship. Items recovered from his house after the arrest include a 4Runner Toyota car, with the registration No. KRD 701 DC, driven into the venue by the suspect, a master key, a Zinox laptop, several computer bags, computer and tablet accessories as well as seminar materials and a sum of N700, 000.
The seminar organizer, who did not want her name in print, was shocked see participants bringing up issues of missing laptops and computer accessories after returning from lunch.
“The seminar was neither advertised online nor in any national newspaper. How did this suspect get to know of the event and managed to come at the exact time participants about a hundred participants were having lunch?”
Investigations reveal that Ikemefuna had several scouts who furnished him with information on conferences and seminars where he would go and steal laptops and properties of the participants.
The suspect was quoted to have said that the seminar was one of the many others he had gate-crashed before stealthily making away with several laptops, mobile phones and computer accessories of participants.
The suspect, after initially denying the crime, confessed when he was shown a copy of the CCTV footage before leading the RRS operatives to Computer village to arrest the buyer.
According to the buyer of the stolen items at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Saliu Ibraheem,
“I have known Ikemefuna for more than seven years. He brought 5 Mac Books and one HP to my shop that he bought them in South Africa…. I bought the 5 Mac Books and the HP laptop computer for N1, 110,000 and i resold it immediately for N1, 250,000:00. The money was transferred into my account immediately.”
As at yesterday, the operatives had recovered all the laptops allegedly stolen by the suspect at the seminar.
The suspect has been transferred to the SCID, Panti, Yaba for further investigation and prosecution.