A member of a robbery gang, identified as Ogbonnaya Duru, who specialises in stealing phones and using victims’ Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to transfer money from their respective bank accounts has been arrested by the operatives of Lagos State Police Command

The information available indicates that the suspect was arrested upon intelligence received by AIG Ari Mohammed Ali, there is a group of young Nigerians, which specialises in stealing phones from members of the public, and further transferring monies from their Bank Verification Number (BVN)/Bank linked SIM cards.

The AIG then detailed operatives of ZIB to discreetly investigate and apprehend the syndicate.

“Based on the directive, one Duru was arrested after serious efforts had been made. Duru, who hailed from Orlu Local Council of Imo State, is a mechanic by training and has his workshop along Trinity area of Berger Cement, Apapa, Lagos.


When asked about his involvement in the alleged crime, he confessed that he was introduced to the criminal act by his friend, named Kareem, who lives in Ajegunle Area of Apapa, Lagos, in 2019. He has been in the business of criminality since then.


When other members of the syndicate, whose areas of specialisation was stealing mobile phones from members of the public, either through pick-pocket, one-chance robbery, and other means, they bring the SIM cards to Duru, who finds out the bank(s) the SIM cards are linked to, check the account balance, reset the USSD pin and transfer funds from the owner’s account to the ones provided by a member of the syndicate, one Joshua, a.k.a. Alert, who is currently at large.


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