Nigerian Musician, Pianist Nabbed For Robbery Blame Lockdown, Hunger

Two robbery suspects arrested by the Lagos State Police Command have attributed their action to hunger occasioned by the lockdown imposed on the state by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspects, Chinonso Michael, an afro hip-hop singer, and Chimelu Victory, a pianist, were arrested by the decoy team of the Rapid Response Squad for allegedly defrauding a dispatch rider with a fake bank alert.

It was gathered that the suspects, on April 10, 2020, ordered an iPhone 11 Pro Max valued at N450,000 from an online platform,, and were to pay on delivery at a service charge apartment they were staying.

Punch learnt that upon receiving the phone, Victory generated a fake alert for the dispatch rider, one Itunu Anifowoshe, and escaped from the apartment with the help of Michael after tying down the rider.

Punch correspondent learnt that the suspects sold the phone to a buyer in the Ogba area of the state for N350,000, which was transferred into Michael’s bank account.

It was gathered that Michael fractured his arm and bruised his chin, while he and Victory jumped from the first floor of their apartment at No. 4 Modupe Young Thomas Estate, Ajah, on sighting the police.

According to the suspects, who confessed to the crime, that was their third time of selling iPhone 11 Pro Max during the lockdown, adding that two of the phones were bought online with stolen credit cards.

In their confessional statement to the police, the suspects attributed their actions to the lockdown.



– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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