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Police arrest dismissed soldier for armed robbery, extortion

A dismissed soldier was on Wednesday paraded at the Lagos State Police Command for alleged armed robbery and extortion around Mazamaza on the Badagry Express.
The suspect, Emmanuel Audu, 27, who was clad in army camouflage, however denied the allegations.

He was alleged to have conspired with some suspected cultists to beat up one Chinedu, their gang member for failing to remit “returns.”

But Audu, a Plateau State indigene, denied being a member of the gang, adding that he only knew Chinedu who was a private guard at a transport company through his friend, Bandy.

“I met Chinedu through Bandy. Chinedu works with Constant Link Ventures, a transport company as security officer. Bandy told me he wanted to see a friend and that I should follow him, that was how I met Chinedu.

“We went to Chinedu’s house and we ate together that day and talked. The next time we met, Chinedu showed me a pistol that we should use for operation and I told him I was coming. I went and got an handkerchief to hold the weapon but when I returned, I didn’t see Chinedu nor the pistol. Maybe he thought I wanted to raise alarm.

“I screamed his name to know where he was. He later came out but without the pistol and when I asked where the gun was, he said he doesn’t know anything about it that it belongs to me and my friend, Bandy.
“So, I reported him to the director of his company that he has a locally made pistol in his custody. The director then took us to the police station but Chinedu could not produce the pistol.

“I was not the owner of the money (N8,000). I met them deliberating over it and I did not join in beating Chinedu. They (suspected cultists) took Chinedu to Monkey Village and it was there that they beat him. “They said he was supposed to pay for inconveniency.

I collected the N8,000 to help him. Bandy was my school mate at Army Children School, Ojo. I just went to solicit on Chinedu’s behalf. They beat him because he promised to bring money to snatch a car and he did not bring the money,” he claimed.

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