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Imo Chief Arrested For Robbery In Lagos Months After Coronation

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May 24, 2014 – Imo Chief Arrested For Robbery In Lagos Months After Coronation

For Mbaise people in Imo State, Ifeanyi Nwigwe is one of the respectable men in the land, hence the choice of making him the Aku enwe ebe 1 of Ezinihitte Mbaise (money is not restricted to any town). But months after he was crowned by the community, Ifeanyi was arrested in Lagos for robbery and now cooling his heels in detention.

Saturday Sun gathered that prior to his installation as the Aku enwe ebe 1 of Ezinihitte Mbaise, the suspect had been on the wanted list of the Lagos State police command whose operatives eventually arrested him along with his relative, Vincent Emezuem over a armed robbery incident in the state. Now guests at the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja, Lagos, the duo admitted to having vandalized hundreds of cars in Lagos and other states.

It was learnt that following intelligence reports on the activities of car vandals in Lagos, the state Commissioner of Police, Umaru Manko directed the commander of SARS, Abba Kyari, who deployed detectives that tracked Ifeanyi down at ASPAMDA market where he had a shop stocked with motor spare parts. Realising that the game was up, the suspect was said to have fled and resurfaced when he felt the coast was clear. Unfortunately for him, the detectives, who knew his modus operandi, caught him in the act in the Ojo area of Lagos while he was busy doing what he knows best, car vandalization.

Giving an insight into how he ventured into the world of crime, the suspect said: “Shortly after I graduated from the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede Owerri, Imo State, my elder brother requested that I should relocate to Lagos and join him in his business. He was into auto parts business at ASPAMDA market, Lagos.

“I learnt the trade for one year and while I was waiting to raise money and start up my own shop, I decided to relocate to Ladipo market where second hand products known as tokunbo are sold. I joined a group of young men who served as middle men between customers and the main dealers. All they do is to source for customers and refer them to a dealer who has the product in his shop. You will be paid an agreed commission for each customer you bring.

“It was while I was in the process that I realised that most of the goods sold at Ladipo market were stolen. Reason being that they are sold cheap to mechanics and customers who decide to come and pick themselves.”

Desperate and impatient, Ifeanyi decided to cut corners by learning how to get those cheap motor parts from the right source. “I discovered that those who were supplying these stolen motor spare parts were driving cars and building houses. I briefly learnt from one Martin, how to successfully vandalize cars undetected. So, sometime in 2010, I went into full vandalization. Initially, our target areas were in big churches where they park cars carelessly without any security man ensuring the safety of the cars.

“It was becoming risky, so we started working at night and I discovered that for every successfully operation, we will almost leave with a bag full of motor spare parts. These include motor top gasket which we normally sell to dealers at the price of N10,000, N15,000 or even N20,000 depending on the content. Others are side mirrors, the head lamps and so many other things that are in hot demand in the market. In Nigeria, there is much demand for Toyota and Honda products, so we concentrate on these two brands,” Ifeanyi further said.

For over three years, Ifeanyi made so much money and never forgot to extend the proceeds to family and friends. He also acquired so much wealth that he was able to start up his business, by securing a shop at the ASPAMDA market where brand new motor parts are sold. “God was on my side and the business flourished. I wanted to stop stealing; I saved so much money and rented a shop at ASPAMDA market. I also ordered a container load of brand new motor spare parts.

“Naturally, when you are making progress, people will love to associate with you. My community recognised me because I was so generous. This has always been my dream to help people better their lives. In recognition of my contribution to the progress of my community, I was elected as the financial secretary of our village meeting. Impressed by my performance, I was made the Aku enwe ebe 1 of Ezinihitte Mbaise in 2012.”

Unfortunately, Ifeanyi never knew that his crime was gradually catching up with him. Hundreds of his victims reported his activities to the police hence the manhunt. In 2013, they tracked him down but he escaped when he learnt that policemen visited his house and shop. “I had sincerely stopped stealing when they came for me. I wanted to hand myself over to the police but when I learnt that it was SARS, Ikeja, I decided to run for my life. For months I had nothing doing and only relied on my savings in the bank. When it finished, I had no choice but to return to the business of vandalizing cars.

“I needed to retain my honour in the eyes of my community so that I will not lose my respect. It was while on duty (vandalizing a car) on May 11, 2014 that the police arrested me. I am terribly sorry and I ask for another opportunity to get it right,” Ifeanyi pleaded.

His accomplice and relation, Vincent, confirmed his story and begged that they should be forgiven. “Our own style of robbery is different. We do not carry guns but instruments that will assist us to open a car with ease. We also go along with fireworks, this is necessary to scare anyone who dares to come close when we are on duty vandalizing cars. I am a father of three boys and I wanted to give my children a good life by sending them to school. Please, forgive us for the sake of my children,” Vincent said.

[Reported by Saturday Sun]



  1. Josh

    May 24, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Quick money…,God don catch you, u wnt to retain your respect by taking pples property?

  2. O Nels

    May 24, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    stealing is not a better option. Are u telling me that most of the successful traders in Ladipo market are into robbery? The answer is no. Look at what greed has coursed you. May God have mercy on u.

  3. dilo

    May 24, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Thank GOD for his peitcen, lean to be peiatcen if you have another chance.

  4. Engr iyke

    May 24, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Every day is 4 a thief like u , but one day is 4 d owner of the cars & sars . u went back to vandalisation after several months of leaving it bcos of police hunt , what guarantee do the police have that u will not get back to vandalization if the 4give and release u . Chief ur pleading will not save u , rot in jail . u are a disgrace to ur people

  5. Conscience1

    May 24, 2014 at 6:37 AM


  6. Gift ben

    May 24, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Dis is d worst disgrace of d highest order! Wat a big shame to a highly recognise chief!

  7. julius topson

    May 24, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    A graduate for dt matter….no job,nothing…whaat do you expect him to do???hun?this country sucks!!!

  8. Odikwa Very risky

    May 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    If these fools vanderlize ur car..u will wish them dead…but i plead with the judge to temper justice with mercy..they sound realy sorry ..

  9. Odikwa Very risky

    May 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I hope my biafra brothers are using their sense very well..let this war no come to them by sudden..just like the past civil war….let them start manifacturing their ogbu n’ igwe now…all i foresee in nigeria now is war war war….and i guise all legions are ready…niger delta is super ready…let go there….this time around their will nothing like no victor no vanquish…it will be no retrieve abi retreat no surrender..

  10. chiolisa

    May 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    To err is human, to forgive is divine. Thy needs a second time after teaching them a little bit of lessons.

  11. TIZZLE

    May 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Every day for the thief 1 day for the owner.Nonsense chief

  12. UZOMA

    May 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    This is how many of them made money to build the so called “mansion” in the village and the ignorant villagers do not care to ask questions for the source of their sudden money. And before you know it, everyone in the village have started singing their praises. Once a thief always a thief. Put him in jail if convicted. Now what will his village people say?

  13. burkina faso

    May 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Vanity of vanity, says the preacher… .

  14. sharton

    May 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    this is absoulately rubbish work hard to give ur children good life not with other pple sweat fool,igbo kwenu.

  15. Conscience 1

    May 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Very very typical hardworking Igbo chief, with quick fast money lots of mansion and flashy cars, no questions asked by the people…..“all na business as usual”. “Igbo kwenu…. Kwese enu!!!”…

  16. Obinna

    May 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    i am not surprised, because the only thing a hunter will found in a parked blocks is lizard. mbaise people are too bad to be good.

  17. OmoKehinde

    May 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    One will think or believe that no reasonable human being, community, state or nation would embraces or honor criminals or thieves like Mr. Ifeanyi and his friends. But our people from every tribe or section of Nigeria are guilty of awarding quick chieftains to criminal most especially criminal politicians. I would not blame that community entirely for awarding Mr. Ifeanyi that chieftain. No community will award such title to thief if they are aware of his criminal behavior. I urge that community to take the chieftain honor from Mr. Ifeanyi with immediate effect after that ugly discovery. Looters are worse than thieves or armed robberies; but are all evil behaviors that should be condemned by all Nigerians.

    However, there is a greater lesson that Nigerian people should learn from this incident and many other yet to be discovered. It is only in our country that criminals, unpatriotic, and murderers join politics for the sole purpose of stealing people’s money and loot federal treasury without consequences. That ugly and bad behavior or thread must be reverse for peace and progress of our nation. Mr. Ifeanyi’s crime can never be compares to criminal activities of Nigerian politicians from very section of our nation. It is true that Ifeanyi behavior is terrible and criminal in every way but the damage caused by his action is incomparable with the damage caused by our criminal politicians against Nigerian people. The looting, selfishness, and corrupt practices of armed robberies that disguised themselves as politicians in our nation have destroyed this generation and many generations of unborn children to come. Our educational system have been shattered, our national security is in shambles, President Badluck Jonathan and the various state governors spend people’s money like is there personal money with on accountability. Nigerians are no longer respected anywhere in the world because of our low mentality politicians at all levels of government. At the end of there criminal and looting tenures, our people still award these criminal politicians with great and powerful chieftain titles for setting our states send nation backward. Nigerians should learn how to honor honest, hard working, and people of integrity rather than honoring crooks and criminals in our society. Every tribe, culture and section of our nation is guilty of this dirty act. 99.9% of Nigerian politicians are suppose to be in prison awaiting excursion. But Mr. Ifeanyi would be punished for stealing car parts while Nigerian politicians are always honor for their looting, corruption and stealing our money in billions. I strongly believe God will judge and punish our criminal politicians for destroying our nation and millions of lives because of their greediness, selfishness and stealing people’s money.

  18. ik

    May 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I am sorry that this disgrace chief is from mbaise, obinna & co, please can you people tell me with part iof nigeria that is save, do comment because you want right. For you information mbaise has good people than any one from your family or community if tell my where you are from then i will give an instance.

    This chief disgrace him self and his family mbaise has nothing to do with it.

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