A petty trader based in Abakaliki, Mrs. Chinyere Nwali last week was robbed by ‘One chance’ criminal gang of her N198,000 and due to divine intervention, it was recovered
Mrs. Chinyere Nwali was twice lucky last week when she fell victim to “One chance” criminal gang in Abakaliki. Mrs. Nwali would ever be grateful to God for her rescue and subsequent recovery of N198,000 stolen from her.
Reports say that the middle-aged woman of Ikwo extraction was on her way to market last Wednesday to shop for Christmas wares when she fell victim to the gang.
In her own words. “I was on my way to market, while waiting for keke NAPEP, near Ahia Ofuu, a private car with three occupants pulled up asking if I was headed for Ogoja road. I replied yes and they asked me to enter. I got in.”
“Midway near Presco junction, they pulled up again at the kerb and asked me to move over to the front seat. I refused, insisting that I was comfortable where I was. The man beside me barked out an order in a harsh tone. ‘Madam you no dey hear make you go front?’”
“At that point, the lady occupant jumped down from the car and came over to my door side and roughly dragged me off the vehicle, snatched my handbag and they sped off, leaving me writhing in pains.”
“I was however lucky that an onlooker at the scene came to my rescue. He boarded a commercial motorbike and chased after them. It was later that they came back with the female member of the gang who actually attacked me, for me to confirm her identity.”
Citizens’ Advocate gathered that the sympathizer who chased after the criminals overtook them at Spera-in-Deo junction where he raised alarm which attracted an officer of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps who was on duty at the area, the officer arrested the suspects.
In an interview with Citizens’ Advocate, the suspect, Ebere Ugwu from Nkanu in Enugu State admitted being part of the gang.
She confessed that it was a friend of hers who introduced her to the business which she has been active in for the past two years.
The male suspect, Enyi Emmanuel Eze from Abbi in Cross River State said he was not part of the gang but was implicated by other male members of the gang who came to his shop to eat snacks.
He alleged that they made repeated phone calls while eating and ended up requesting his sales girl to help keep custody of the bag containing money for their sister who was unable to join them for their trip on time.
He said his attention was drawn to the request and he initially refused but was persuaded by their persistent plea. He obliged them. But was surprised that the lady in question arrived his shop after exchange of phone number only to be arrested there, with him, by law enforcement officers over thieving allegation he knew nothing about.
The two suspects are now cooling their feet at civil Defence detention while the N 198,000 exhibit has been fully recovered and given back to the owner.