style[amp-boilerplate] Beware of London used phones, police issue warning to Nigerians

Beware of London used phones, police issue warning to Nigerians

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Nigerians have been warned against buying used phones which are

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

Used Phones'.

"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

unlock it'.

"Our source disclosed that Uche, Pinheiro and Aluba have been on the

run since the arrest of Adebayo last week Tuesday," the police said.

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