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popularly known as 'London used' without knowing sources of such
The Rapid Response squad (RRS) gave this warning on Friday, September
29 on their Facebook page.
To drive home their point, the RRS shared a story of 30-year-old Jamiu
Adebayo who was arrested after buying a supposed 'London used' phone
that was in actual sense stolen from a banker.
The police in their statement said: "Please, whenever you want to buy
a fairly used phone, try to know the source. Avoid using your money to
buy trouble for yourself.
Some of these so-called 'London Used Phones' might actually be stolen
phones. "If there are no buyers, there would be low demand for stolen
phones and robbers would cease to be interested in other peoples'
Going further, the RRS narrated the story of Adebayo for other
Nigerians to learn from his story.
The RRS wrote: "Jamiu Adebayo, 30 was arrested in Lagos state last
week by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad for buying phones from
armed robbers and 'one chance' gangs and repackaging them as 'London
"Adebayo was tracked and found in possession of an iphone 7 belonging
to one Kolade Johnson, a banker working in Lagos Island. "Johnson, had
on August 23 boarded a 'one chance' commercial bus around 5:45 a.m. on
his way to work. The robbers, operating with the commercial bus
dispossessed him of a laptop and 2 phones, one of which was traced to
Adebayo while trying to sell it to a customer in Lagos Island as a
'London used phone'.
"Also found in the possession of Adebayo were 6 additional iphones, 4
assorted phones and three MTN SIM packs, which he stated he collected
from some of the robbers.
"The suspect in his confession to the police stated that he regularly
bought stolen phones from three people who he is aware are members of
an armed robbery and 'one chance' gang.
"Uche, Alubi and Pinheiro are three major guys I collect these phones
from. Five out of the 11 phones traced to me were bought from Uche.
"If I tell you that I don't know these phones are stolen phones and
that some of those I get the phones from are robbers, I would be lying
to you. I know some of these phones were forcefully collected from
people', he explained.
'I buy iphone 7 with icloud at N45,000 and sell for N55,000. Those
without icloud, I buy at N150,000 and sell for N180,000. I buy iphone
6 at N65,000. I buy Samsung phones at N22,000 and sell for N27,000. I
sell other phones too. I work on the phones and disguise them as
London used phones.
"Adebayo also confessed that he works with a phone technician to
unlock iphones with active icloud. 'what we do is talk the owner to
"Our source disclosed that Uche, Pinheiro and Aluba have been on the
run since the arrest of Adebayo last week Tuesday," the police said.