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How Abuja five-man robbery gang rakes in millions stealing wires at construction sites




With his calm looks, Emeka Emmanuel would easily pass for an innocent Nigerian dutifully doing his daily job and content with his little income.

Popularly known as Wiper, Emmanuel paraded himself as a labourer ready to work on any construction sites in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. His zeal appeared genuine enough to land him contracts at Guzape and Gwarimpa areas of the FCT.

To many of his clients, the 34-year-old was an artisan, adept at installing plaster of paris. They never knew the man they entrusted their property with during the day had a criminal role he assumed at night.

Emmanuel’s dark side came to light during the week when he was paraded by the police for stealing coils of electric wires worth N10m. He was arrested alongside five other accomplices, Chidi Offor, Kalu Chukwu, Ikechukwu Udeji, Chijioke Igwe and Jabi James, who is also an artisan.


Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team launched a manhunt for the gang after a property owner at Guzape reported that to the police that the wires he kept at his site were stolen.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that in the course of their investigation, detectives traced the theft to James who had reportedly gone to some sites in Guzape some days earlier in search of jobs.

He was consequently tracked down and gave police information leading to the arrest of the gang leader, Emmanuel, and other members of the gang.


A police source told our correspondent that James contacted Emmanuel after sighting the wires on one of the sites he visited and the gang struck at night, carting away the property they later sold for N1.2m.

The source said, “The gang specialised in burgling construction sites in Abuja. They were rounded up recently after they looted a site at Guzape, stealing cables worth over N10m. The gang had been terrorising residents of the FCT for a long time but they ran into trouble recently when the owner of the building at Guzape reported their activities to the police.

“One of the gang members known as James, who fixes burglary, went to one of the sites at Guzape in search of jobs. He discovered there were several coils of cables on the site. Afterwards, he contacted Wiper, who is the leader of the gang and informed him of his discovery




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