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Wednesday, 7 October 2015
I came to Lagos to steal convicted SUV snatcher confesses
A convicted car snatcher, Somadina Enyiobi has confessed that he left his village in Oraifite in Anambra State to Lagos with the mission to steal and become a successful rich man.
He stated this at Isolo Magistrates’ court, Lagos State, western Nigeria, where he was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment without an option of fine for conspiracy and stealing.
The 26-year-old convict said before he agreed to come to Lagos, he knew his mission was to steal because his brother who brought him to Lagos clearly told him about their car snatching business.
Enyiobi said he was brought to Lagos by his village friend and brother he identified as Uchechukwu in 2014, who introduced him to other members of their gang.
He said whenever Uchechukwu returned to their village, he usually came with huge money which he would use to buy them drinks and encouraged him to join him in Lagos.
“Uchechukwu told me to follow him to Lagos and hussle with him and I was convinced and I followed him,” he narrated.
Enyiobi confessed that he had been involved in car snatching and other criminal activities and had earned some money before he was arrested.
He said his gang engaged in other criminal activities but specialised in car snatching because it was a bit easier than armed robbery.
He said he and the gang members had no fixed address and when they make money in their business, they would lodge in a hotel.
“I dont have fixed address. If we make money, we will go to hotel and lodge and if the money finishes, we will sleep in uncompleted buildings or public schools,” he said.
On whether he regrets being caught, tried and convicted, he said he was paying the price for his sins and that his time in prison will enable him to reflect on his past activities and pray to God for forgiveness and repentance.
Enyiobi’s journey to prison started after he went to Green Estate along Ago Palace Way in Okotoa and stole a Venza SUV parked in a compound.
The SUV with registration number KSF 203 DA belongs to Godwin Chukwudum who resides in the estate.
According to Enyiobi, he went there with two of his gang members he identified as Uchechukwu (the gang leader) and Emmanuel and forced Chukwudum’s housegirl to give them the key to the SUV.
He said when she refused, they threatened to kill her and she eventually showed them where the key was kept.
He said they collected the key, tied the housegirl’s mouth, legs and mouth and locked her inside the flat and attempted to drive the SUV out of the estate.
However, luck ran out on Enyiobi when he approached the security gate in the estate and the security guards who knew the owner of the SUV asked him where he was going with the car.
When he was unable to give a satisfactory answer, the owner who had gone to work was immediately contacted on phone and he came and arrested Enyiobi, while his two gang members escaped.
He was handed over to the police at Ago Palace division who charged him to court, while his gang members who escaped are still at large.