Opinion

Man Lured by Facebook Friend to Ihembosi, Robbed

By David-Chyddy Eleke

A man, whose identity was given as Chris Okafor of Agbani Village, Ifite, has been reportedly lured to Ihembosi in Anambra State and robbed by a Facebook friend.

The Facebook friend, whose name was not disclosed, had invited Mr Okafor to Ihembosi, but sent her gang after him, after he arrived the town at about 1pm.

A press statement by the Anambra State Police Command, which was made available to journalists in Awka by the command’s spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed that the lady sent a commercial motorcyclist to pick the unsuspecting Okafor, who was taken into a bush in the town and robbed by five men.

Mohammed said, ‘On the 23/6/2019, at about 3pm, one Chris Okafor, ‘m’, of Agbani Village, Ifite, reported at Ozubulu Police Station that a female Facebook friend lured him to Ihembosi and that upon arrival at about 1pm, the supposed friend directed a bike man who picked and took him to the bush where he was robbed by five boys, including the motorcyclist, of his N7,000 cash, his handset and other valuables, after beating him with a stick.

‘Following the report, police detectives attached to Ozubulu Division, in conjunction with the vigilante, group cordoned off the area and arrested the following suspects; Agbinelu Ikechukwu Stephen, aged 28; Somtochukwu Odita, 20, both of Ububa Village, Nkpor and Chukwuemeka Ifechuckwu, 21, of Uhualor Village, Ihembosi,’ Mohammed said.

He disclosed that all the suspects had confessed to the crime, and that the complainant’s phone had been recovered in their possession as exhibit.

He said the case was still under investigation and efforts were ongoing to apprehend other fleeing accomplices in order to bring them to Justice.

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