Months after the entire Surulere community was thrown into apprehension following the murder of an Uber driver in the community, two robbery suspects who allegedly met in Kirikiri prisons have again been apprehended by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for killing a Taxify driver and snatching his vehicle.
The suspects – Simon Tyozemda and Lucky Friday – both ex – convicts released from prison between between December 2017 and January, 2018, confessed to the killing of the driver and selling his car for N305,000 adding that they formed their robbery gang in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos Mainland.
They met their waterloo after they were rearrested on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 ,with two long knives inside an Uber operated cab, a Toyota Camry Saloon with the registration number APP 145 EE, which they had planned to kill its driver and steal.
According to the RRS, the gang leader, Simon had through his girlfriend’s Uber app, ordered the taxi at about11:00 p.m. The suspects plan was to lure the driver of the Toyota Camry to a desolate location, kill the driver and take away his vehicle, the RRS said.
The suspects were reportedly taking the driver to a lonely place when their vehicle was stopped by RRS officers for a stop and search. The officers noticed one of the suspects seated at the back of the vehicle hiding a long knife.
Investigations revealed that the suspect’s intention was to divert the driver to a lonely place and snatch his Toyota Camry.
The Police said the unrepentant ex-convicts had sometime in February, 2018, in a similar manner snatched a Toyota Corolla with the registration number, FST 663 EZ from a Taxify driver before killing him.
The suspects had after snatching the Toyota Corolla, sold it to one Mohammed Usman for N350,000:00. Mohammed had only paid N100,000 and was to move the vehicle to Jigawa when RRS Decoy Team arrested him.
In his confession, Simon, an erstwhile security guard turned stylist told the RRS that: “I met my colleague, Lucky Friday, in Kirikiri Prison. We became friends and when I was released I gave him the number of my brother for him to call me. When he was released, I promised him I was going to assist him to resettle properly. Since then, we have been working and operating together”.
“Our first operation was where we killed the driver of the Toyota Corrolla. He was a Taxify driver. I stabbed the guy in the stomach twice and I dropped him off the vehicle on the road in Badore, Ajah around 2:00 a.m. We threw away the knives and bought new ones for the fresh operation we were arrested for”, he added.
He added that: “Before killing him, I placed the order to Taxify cab to pick us up at Lambasa, Lekki at past 11:00 p.m. Our destination was Abraham Adesanya Estate but we needed a desolate location to snatch the vehicle from the driver.
“It was the same business that took me to Kirikiri prison. I was introduced into it by Michael. Unfortunately for me, I was arrested while Michael escaped. I spent four months in prison. It is sad that I’m being arrested again over the same business”.
Also arrested along with the suspects were the middle man who introduced the gang to the buyer of the Toyota Corolla, John Thankgod and the buyer of the car, Mohammed Usman, the RRS said.