RRS nabs NURTW boss for buying 4,256 stolen phones

Kazeem Bamidele paraded along with the stolen phones

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Kazeem Bamidele paraded along with the stolen phones

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has arrested a National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) boss who confessed to have purchased 4,256 stolen phones.

The suspect, Kazeem Bamidele, 42, who is the second vice chairman of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers’ (NURTW), Ajegunle Unit confessed to have bought over 4,256 mobile phones from robbers, pickpockets and one-chance gang operating in the state.

He equally confessed to the RRS Intelligence Team that he has over 52 boys in Lagos State, who steal and sell “clean phones” to him constantly.

Kazeem, popularly known as “Elewure” in the social circle, was arrested when the RRS Intelligence Team quizzed two stolen phones users in Kogi State in connection with abduction and robbery cases in Lagos State.

The operatives had upon returning from a week–long investigation to Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kogi State, swung into actions by arresting Elewure from his shop in Boundary Market, Ajegunle, after he was fingered to have been the seller of two Blackberry Z10 phones and a CAT phone collected from victims of robbery and abduction incidences in the metropolis.

“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,” he said.

He also confessed that “Boundary Market in Ajegunle, where I have office and shop, is where they sell the phones to me and that is where the buyers equally get them. I know they are stolen phones. Nearly every guy in Ajegunle is involved in this kind of runs. It is what they do to survive.”

“I was pushed into the business by family pressure. I have two wives and seven children. I have so many dependents. What I …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper