Thieving masquerades arrested for robbing trader in Enugu

Two men in masquerade costumes were arrested by the police in Ovoko Community, Nsukka LGA, Enugu State, for allegedly beating up a passenger on a commercial motorcycle and robbing him of N57,000.

A police source said policemen moved to the scene when the victim, Chinonso Ezewaji, reported the matter to Nsukka Police Area command and the two men were arrested.

“The escorts of the masquerade however ran away. There were eight masquerades. They blocked the Nsukka/Obollo-Afor road and harassed people. The two arrested masquerades however denied collecting the N57,000 from Ezewaji but claimed they know the person who collected the money from the victim. When we searched one of the arrested masquerade, we saw Indian hemp in his pocket.”

The victim, Ezewaji, a trader, who deals on clothing materials, told the News Agency of Nigeria he was on his way from Nsukka to Obollo-Afor to see his mother when the masquerade stopped the motorcycle he was riding on.

“They beat me, searched me and collected N57,000. When they left, I ran into the bush and when I discovered they have gone some distance, I came out and went to the police to report.”

The two masquerades identified themselves as Kenchukwu Eze, a carpenter, and Ejiofor Eze, a brick-layer.
They, however, denied the allegation that they stole money from Ezewaji, claiming that their colleague, a certain Chima Mamah, stole the money.
Ezewaji, however, admitted that the police saw Indian hemp in his pocket, saying it was the leftover of what they smoked before coming out.
“If the police release me, I will not wear masquerade costume, nor smoke Indian hemp again,” he pleaded.

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