I Bought 4,256 Stolen Mobile Phones -NURTW Vice-Chairman

by on May 2, 2016
The Vice-Chairman of National Union of Road Trans­port Workers (NURTW) Ajegunle Unit, Kazeem Bamidele, has confessed buying over 4,256 mobile phones from robbers and ‘one chance’ gangs operat­ing in Lagos.
The 42-year old sus­pect equally confessed to the RRS Intelligence team that he has over 52 boys in Lagos State who rob, steal and sell clean phones to him constantly.
Bamidele, popularly known as ‘Elewure’ in the social circle, was ar­rested when the RRS team quizzed two stolen phone users in Kogi State in con­nection with abduction and robbery cases in Lagos State.
The operatives had, upon returning from a week – long investigation in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kogi States, swung into actions by arresting Elewure at his shop in Boundary Market, Aje­gunle after he was fingered to have been the seller of the two Blackberry Z10 phones and a CAT phone collected from victims of robbery and abduction in­cidents in the metropolis.
Confessing to the police, Bamidele said: “I have over 52 boys who sell clean sto­len mobile phones to me. On the average, I receive 38 ‘clean’ phones in a week. I have been in the business for more than two years.
“I was pushed into the business by family pres­sure. I have two wives and seven children. I have so many dependants. What I pay as school fees alone is staggering.”
Bamidele, who is cool­ing off in the cell of Spe­cial Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, said: “I had too many problems in life. My mother gave birth to 13 children. Only three of us are left. I am the bread­winner of the family
“My first wife’s chil­dren are part of the pre­dicament I have. Since I married the second wife, I have not known peace. Can you believe that since I was arrested, she has never called or visited me? I know this is a lesson for me in life.

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