This 55-year-old grand father, Chief Jude Dike, is the leader and sponsor of a deadly armed robbery gang.
A respected business and a red-cap chief, Jude Dike, has been arrested and paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for being the leader of an armed robbery gang that has been terrorising the state and other parts of the country.
The police say the 55-year-old Chief Jude Dike, who spent several years in Italy doing drug runs, is the sponsor and leader of the 7-man gang comprising Joel Eghon, 38, Solomon Igwe, 32, Ifeanyi Onwuegbuchi, 34, Emmanuel Ifeanyi, 34, Ejike Emegwo, 31, and Leonard Afoaku, 39.
The grey haired Dike who hails from Orlu, Imo State, owns a thriving warehouse in Idumota area of Lagos where he stores and sell the goods stolen by his gang.
Speaking with Punch Newspaper when he was being paraded by the police, Chief Dike had this to say:
I have my stores on Ashogbon Street, Isale Eko, Idumota in Lagos. Before coming to Lagos, I was in Italy for eight years. I was doing drug runs for many dealers. I came back to Lagos three years ago, where I met Emegwo. We were staying together in Idumota. He was the one who introduced me to the gang.
When they go on operations, they drop the goods they snatch in my store. I sell them for the gang and share the money out after removing my own gains. When some cosmetics were stolen, my gain was N800,000. On another occasion, my gain was N600,000.
At a point, I told them I wanted to quit because I knew I was treading a wrong path, but they threatened to implicate me and I continued.
Speaking on how the gang was arrested, the State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said on September 20th, information got to him that some armed robbers who had earlier snatched a Toyota Hiace bus around Ebute Metta, were planning another operation.
He immediately instructed men of the State Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, to chase after the robbers. They were arrested and the stolen Toyota car recovered.