Emmanuel Omojuwa and Daniel Thomas, were arrested by
men of the Ikoyi Police Division on Tuesday, August 9.
The police said the gang, which was notorious for breaking
into houses and stealing valuables, had other members who
Punch correspondent learnt that around 10pm, the gang
members allegedly burgled some houses on Awolowo
Road, Ikoyi, and drove away in a car to a junction in the
area to share the loot.
A source said operatives, who were on patrol, observed the
suspects sharing the stolen items in the car and arrested
He said, “They are notorious in the Ikoyi area for burglary.
They don’t rob to avoid raising suspicion. They only wait
for their target houses to be deserted before they strike.
“We were on a ‘stop-and-search’ in the area when we
observed them sharing some goods inside a car around
10pm. When we arrested them and searched the car, we
found four laptops, three purses, 13 mobile phones and
four iPads. They confessed that they were returning from
an operation. The six of them have been transferred to the
Special Anti-Robery Squad, Ikeja.”
Speaking with Punch Metro, Eze, a father of two, said he
went into burglary to make ends meet.
He said, “It was frustration that drove me into burglary. The
situation was very critical for me and my family. I have a
wife and two kids to cater to. I am not the gang leader. A
friend brought all these men for the operation. We stole
several laptops. I took two laptops and two iPads. I have
gone for only two operations.
“I was formerly living in Lekki with my family. But when
things became difficult, my in-laws took my wife and
children to Ikorodu. I am the firstborn of my parents. My
sisters have been sent out of school and I have to fund their
Another suspect, Thomas, said, “Friday (Eze) introduced
me to the gang. We are friends. I do not rob; I only burgle
houses. It was hard times that led me to this.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the
suspects would be charged to court at the end of
“Members of the public should continue to cooperate with
the police in tackling crimes in Lagos State. The suspects
will be arraigned in court at the end of investigation,” he
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