A Computer Village big boy Da-Silva, has been arrested by the Police in Lagos over his involvement in the sales of stolen mobile phones he buys from armed robbers, cultists and pickpockets operating in Ogun and Lagos State.
The phone dealer, Yusuph Da-Silva, 28, popularly called ‘Da-Gold’ in Computer Village, Ikeja confessed that he makes nothing less than N25,000 on a daily basis from proceeds of his criminal activities.
In his confessional Statement, Da-Gold said
‘police crack team in Magbon arrested AY’s gang who linked me as the receiver of all their stolen phones and I was arrested. The Police later recovered about seven smart phones from me.’
After the Magbon arrest, I resulted to wearing hoodie sweatshirts” which I use to disguise to avoid security agents from identifying him as many more investigations has turned its search light on the Ikeja computer Village ‘Big Boy.”
“I have different colours and designs of the hoodie sweatshirt and I often avoid some areas to avoid getting arrested while I continue my business.”
“I deal in smart phones. I have been a phone technician in Computer Village, Ikeja, since 2012. When I realized that wasn’t yielding enough money, I developed links with network of boys on the streets that gave me steady supply of phones. I wipe or flash them before selling them. I don’t collect their SIMS.
They bring them to me daily. I get up to six or seven smart phones from them on daily basis and I sell to my customers in Computer Village.”
“the sales from those phones fetched me between N25,000 to N30,000 daily. I don’t bother to ask them about how they get the phones because they have told me they were gotten through ‘Stop and Search’, (meaning they robbed their owners to get them).”
I am not a robber. Face to face, they would confirm to you. I bought the phones from them. I have never followed them to rob. What I do before is internet fraud before I started buying stolen phones from these guys.”