by Oge Okonkwo
In an interview with Kasali Adegoke, the 32-year-old man who spearheaded the robbery gang that snatched the 2006 Range Rover Sport owned by fuji musician, Wasiu Alabi popularly known as Pasuma, confessed he sold the vehicle for N950,000 to a car receiver at Cotonou.
According to a correspondent from Punch Newspapers, after surfing the internet it was suggested that a second hand version of the car is sold for at least N3.5m, while the brand new version costs between N8m and N9m.
The Punch Newspapers reports:
He said, “I have a receiver at Cotonou who usually calls to place orders for any type of vehicle that he wants. Before we stole Pasuma’s car, my buyer had already told me that he wanted a Range Rover Sport. We were just on the lookout for possible victims when we noticed Pasuma’s car.”
Adegoke, currently in detention at the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ogun State, said he is originally based in Ogun state but comes to Lagos to steal cars adding that he and his gang were doing nothing just roaming the Ahamaddiya area of Lagos when they sighted the musician on the night the robbery took place.
PUNCH Metro had on May 29 2013, reported that a nine-man gang attacked the fuji artiste around 9pm, while he was on his way to a show.
In addition to having his car snatched, the musician’s valuables were also taken away from him and Pasuma was said to have hidden his face from the armed men as he was stripped down to his underwear and dumped in a bush near Ota, Ogun State.
Adegoke said, “While he was with us, we had no idea that he was Pasuma. We did not recognise him. It was the next day that we realised that it was Pasuma car we snatched the previous night when the news was all over town.
“By that time, the car was already in Cotonou. We drove it that same night to a border town in Ogun State where one of the receiver’s boys was waiting to drive it back to Cotonou. We were paid N950,000.”