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.