The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 28-year-old Kingsley
Chibuzor, who escaped from the Kirikiri Medium Prison in 2011, for
Chibuzor and two other members of his gang, Prince Nwafor and Ozor
Enebeli, who specialised in car snatching, were arrested by operatives
of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, led by Superintendent of
Police Abba Kyari.
Four exotic vehicles, including a Toyota FJ Cruiser, and three locally
made guns were recovered from them.
Sources at SARS disclosed that Kingsley, who was a commercial bus
driver in 2011, was arrested for malicious damage by the Police at
Orile Police Station and was charged to court and remanded in prison.
Few weeks after he was remanded, he managed to escape and formed a
robbery gang that terrorised Lagos, Ebony, Delta and Anambra states,
snatching more than 15 exotic cars.
A source, who spoke withVanguardon the condition of anonymity, said
SARS operatives intercepted an intelligence report on the gang's
activities and tracked them across various states in the country.
The source said two notorious stolen vehicle receivers (names
withheld) one of them a popular car dealer in Ebonyi State, were also
The source said Kingsley provided information that led to the arrest
of others and the subsequent recovery of four of the stolen vehicles.
'Why we rob'
WhenVanguardinteracted with the suspects, Kingsley said he went into
armed robbery after escaping from prison because he was broke and
Ozor confessed that poverty led him into robbery, but that he
regretted his arrest since he had turned a new leaf and started a new
life in Ghana.
Kingsley said: "I formed the gang after I escaped from Kirikiri
Prison. I and Ozor were friends. We met in a beer parlour at Maza Maza
area and we became very friendly.
"When the idea of taking to armed robbery came, I went to Benin
Republic to buy two guns which we used in operating.
"We robbed people of several vehicles in Onitsha and we did several
bad things. But my happiness is that I gave my life to Christ when I
On how he escaped from prison, Kingsley said: "On that night, I
discovered that the warder that used to lock our cell left it open and
by midnight when everyone was sleeping I went to the gate and pushed
"I walked to the entrance, but the gate was locked. I went through the
ceiling and jumped outside. There was no one on guard.
"Then I walked swiftly to the fence and jumped over it. I travelled to
my village the next day and after a while I returned to Lagos and
formed a robbery gang."