Suspected conference laptop thief arrested in ‘house fellowship’
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man, who specialised in stealing laptops and property of conference participants in Lagos State.
The suspect, Ikemefuna Aje, 47, was arrested last week after he gatecrashed into a seminar organised for Internet brand managers at a popular hotel in GRA Ikeja, Lagos. He made away with five MacBooks, one HP computer and some assorted personal effects of the workshop participants.
Ikemufuna, captured in the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera around the venue of the event, drove into the hotel before heading straight into the seminar at the time the participants were having lunch in another room.The suspect, who was corporately dressed, pretended to be one of the participants before making away with the items. He had after stealing the said items, took them to computer village, Ikeja and sold them to one Saliu Ibraheem for N1,110,000.
RRS operatives while tracking the suspect traced him to No. 5, Tony Street, Ejigbo, Lagos where he was hosting 34 other church members in a house fellowship.
Recovered from his house after the arrest was a 4Runner Toyota, with registration No. KRD 701 DC, driven into the venue by the suspect, a master key, Zinox laptop, several computer bags, computer and tablet accessories as well as seminar materials and N700,000 cash.
The suspect confessed when he was shown the CCTV footages and led the operatives to Computer Village to arrest the buyer.According to the buyer of the stolen items, Saliu Ibraheem, “I have known Ikemefuna for more than seven years. He brought five Mac Books and one HP to my shop. He said he bought them in South Africa. I bought the items and resold them for N1,250,000. 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. Confirming the incident, the Police PPRO, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, said there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state.