Suspected keke marwa snatching gangs operating in Lagos and its environs are being investigated by the Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
One of the suspects, a 28 year old identified as Emmanuel Godwin, said he was just a tricycle snatcher and not an armed robber, since he does not use guns.
Godwin said the quest to get rich quickly and solve most of his financial problems led him into Keke snatching business.
Their modus operandi is that the suspect and members of his gang pose as passengers, board a Keke, get to a convenient place, push the driver out and zoom off.
The suspect said they also look for keke parked along the street, in front of a compound or even near a restaurant.
It was gathered that Godwin was first arrested by the Zonal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, ZSARS, in January, while attempting to steal a tricycle. However, luck ran against him when he stole another tricycle just recently and the owner decided to report to SARS.
Following an investigation personally led by the officer in charge of SARS, Abba Kyari, the suspect was nabbed at Ijora, where he went to sell a Keke he stole. He was arrested when he was asked to come and collect money from a potential buyer, who needed a tricycle urgently and had cash to pay, not knowing that the purported buyer was a SARS operative.
Emmanuel said: “I am a tricycle snatcher, not an armed robber because I don’t use gun. I steal from park and when I ask tricycle rider for a test drive and he allows me, I run away with the tricycle.
He said the market price of a tricycle is N400, 000 but he sells each tricycle for N60, 000. He said he stole five tricycles and sold them to one Aye at Ijora. He also sold two to one Liwan.
He said Aye still owes him for two kekes he sold to him, while Liwan is yet to pay for another he sold to him.