One Enemmuo Amaechi, a 43-year-old Lagos based trader, has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly buying a truckload of musical instruments stolen from the Apapa Wharf worth N19 million for a paltry N600,000.
According to the report in the Punch, Amaechi was arrested alongside Benson Odefila, the driver of the truck who diverted the goods to him at his shop at the Oyingbo area of the state.
The arrest of the duo was made possible by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad from the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, following a tip off that a truck loaded with musical instruments had been stolen from the Apapa area, and the policemen went on the trail of the truck.
Odefila who is 67-year-old, was arrested at Ajangbadi, a suburb of the state and he confessed that he had sold ths instruments to Amaechi, who was duly arrested at the Agbado-Ijaiye area while the goods were recovered from his store.
During interrogation, Amaechi said he that he knew that the goods were diverted, and that he paid the N600,000 to Odefila, and wanted to resell them for a huge profit.
“I did not know Odefila before now. It was a woman, an Alhaja, who was one of my customers in Oyingbo that introduced him to me. The woman said Odefila had a truck he wanted to dispose of. So, I contacted the driver.
He asked me to pay N600,000, adding that the goods would be delivered to my store. I have my store in the Oyingbo area. I paid for the goods in two installments. I knew they were stolen goods, but I was tempted to get involved. My greed for profit drove me into this mess.”
Odefila, a native of Ilaje in Ondo State, said:
“I am a transporter. I am not the driver of the stolen truck, but I was the one who found the buyer. He gave me 10 cartons out of the musical instruments as my share. It is true that I collected N600,000 from him.
The original driver is Amass; he is on the run. I have not done this business before. Amass is notorious for diverting trucks from the Apapa port, but this is the first time he would send the goods through me.”
According to the police, the instruments recovered include 218 units of guitar, 29 units of drum sets, 111 units of amplifiers, 20 speakers and five units of guitar stands.