Two suspects, Chinonso Michael, 25, and Chimelu Victory, 22; both musicians; have both been arrested in Lagos for robbery; a crime which according to them, had been their only means of surviving the COVID–19 lockdown hunger.
According to reports,they were arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, with 5 other suspects at their hideout at 4, Modupe Young Thomas Estate, Ajah.
They were reported to have ordered an iPhone 11 Pro Max valued at N450,000, with a promise to pay on delivery.
On sighting the law enforcement officers, the two suspects had made a desperate attempt to escape by jumping from the first floor of the building, to the ground naked!jumped off from the first floor to the ground naked. However, they were promptly apprehended and whisked away to face the music.
Under interrogation, the suspects confessed that that was the third time they had stolen and sold off iPhone 11 Pro Max phones during the COVID–19 lockdown.
Narrating events surrounding the crime, the suspects said that on arrival of the delivery guy, Chimelu generated a fake payment alert for the goods.
Luck, however, ran out on the duo afterthe delivery man became aware of their evil intentions. They were then forced to over-powered him and tie him up before abandoning the apartment.
Later, the duo sold the phone to a buyer at Ogba, Ikeja, for a sum of N350,000 which was transferred into Chinonso’s bank account.
Chimelu, aka Apostle Swag, who recently resigned as a Lekki church keyboardist to pursue a career in music, stated that he used to have regular shows in Lagos clubs before the lockdown. He said they were both up and doing musicians before the lock down suddenly threw them into dire straits. He said they had nothing to eat for two weeks.
“We were already owing all the store owners in the neighbourhood. Nobody was ready to give us credit anymore. We had to devise a means to survive the lockdown”, they stated.