Cousins Arrested For Robbery, Burglary In Benin

Nigerian Police have arrested two cousins for alleged armed robbery and burglary.

The two robbers, Etionsa Idahosa and Precious Ogiemwonyi specialised in armed robbery, breaking and entering.

The suspects were among various criminals arrested across states by the Edo Police command.

Etionsa and Precious, 20 and 21, have been on the police wanted list since 2020 following their alleged criminal exploits.

Police say they have allegedly broken into many shops around Sapele road in Benin city, Edo state.

Etinosa Idahosa and Precious Ogiemwonyi
Etinosa Idahosa and Precious Ogiemwonyi

Standard Gazette learned that the duo is also responsible for robbing market women in the wee hours.

SG gathered that Etionsa had pretended to be a lunatic where he allegedly monitored a mobile phone and laptops sales shop on Sapele Road in Benin city.

He then contacted his cousin, Precious, for the operation.

They arrived at the shop around midnight, and the suspects bore a hole on the shop wall through which they gained access into the shop.

Standard Gazette gathered that they successfully removed all the laptops and mobile phones in the shop.

According to a police report, the stolen items were sold at kings Square in Benin city, Edo state.

After a thorough investigation, the suspects were arrested around Ugbowo in Benin City.

Speaking on his involvement, Etionsa said, “I was looking for money to address an urgent matter. I noticed that we could easily break into the shop and remove some items.

We used an iron rod to break the wall and sneaked into the place. All the phones and other items we collected have been sold. I really don’t know how the police got to identify me”.

The second suspect, Precious Ogiemwonyi, told SG, “This is not the first we are doing this. We used to attack market women at Uselu and snatched their bags and phones.

The place we sell our stolen phones is ring road in Benin city”.

Edo State Police Public Relations Officer SP Bello Kontongs said, “we will charge the two brothers to court immediately”.

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