A gang of thieves led by two men identified as Ochuko Awusa and Gabriel Ibia have been terrorizing and robbing motorists at gunpoint in Kaduna State and its environs.
According to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, which was saddled with tracking down the gang, the suspects dispossessed motorists of their vehicles, which they sold off in Jos, Plateau State.
IRT’s investigation revealed that the gang robbed their victims with a locally-made gun.
A member of the gang, said to be the contact man, Jethro Jammal, connected the gang to the receiver of their stolen goods in Jos.
After an investigation that culminated in a raid, all the members of the gang were arrested by operatives of the IRT.
Thirty-six-year-old Awusa, is a native of Delta State and graduate of Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.
In his statement, Awusa went into the details of his journey into crime.
According to him, he graduated from polytechnic in 2007 and went to work for a popular eatery in Kaduna State where he was paid N52,000 monthly as store keeper.
He said, “I worked there for one year and left when I got another job at an advertising company in Abuja as a marketer.
“I earned N175,000 monthly and I worked with the company for two years and six months before I was sacked in 2013.
“I could not secure another good job and decided to go into crime four years after in February 2017.
“I started with one of my friends known as Gabriel, who also lost his job and our first operation was on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway, Kaduna State, where we collected a Honda Pilot SUV from its owner after he ran into a ditch during a downpour at the Federal Cooperative College end of the expressway.”
According to Awusa, when he and his friend saw the owner of the vehicle making frantic efforts to pull the vehicle out of the ditch, they approached and offered to help him.
But once they gained access into the vehicle, they zoomed off.
He said, “I drove the vehicle to Jos and I called one of my friends who resided there, Jammal and told him about a vehicle I had for sale.
“He took me to one Bala, who claimed he had links to people who buy stolen vehicles. I was paid N300,000 for the vehicle. I gave Bala and Jethro N80,000 to share, then gave Gabriel, who stole the vehicle with me N50,000. I kept the rest.”
Awusa said in their second operation in March 2017, they robbed a woman in Kaduna State along the Tafawa Balewa Way while she was withdrawing money from an ATM.