- A BDC operator, Victor Thorpe, was killed by unknown gunmen who snatched $80,000 from him
- The assailants snatched the money and shot the deceased in the chest after double-crossing the commercial vehicle he boarded
- The Lagos state police spokesman says seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the unfortunate incident
Unknown gunmen killed a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator, Victor Thorpe, in Lagos state on Friday, July 27, and snatched $80,000 (N28.8m) belonging to his company.
According to The Nation, the incident which took place around 11am when the deceased went to pick up the money at his company’s vault at LEGICO building, on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, is currently being investigated by the Police.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the assailants snatched the money and shot the deceased in the chest at close range, after double-crossing the commercial vehicle he boarded.
A source reportedly disclosed that Thorpe, who had no idea that he was being monitored by his killers, had dropped his car out of fear of being trailed.
A family friend said: “They demanded the money, which he released. After that, they shot him in the chest at close range. No other person was attacked in the bus. There were other passengers. He was a very humble and kind man and a good Christian. It is painful that he died like that.
“He was in his early 50s. His children are still young. The oldest is about 15 years old. He was rushed to the Military Hospital on Awolowo road where he died. The incident occurred by EcoBank/LEGICO building on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. He was on his way to his office from the vault.”
She added: “Why did the robbers kill him? He did not struggle with them. Why did they not take the money and leave him? I hope that the Police would investigate this case and arrest all those behind it.”
Confirming the incident, Lagos state police spokesman Chike Oti, disclosed that seven suspects had already been arrested.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a 41-year-old cleric, Segun Oyeniyi, was facing trial at a Tinubu magistrates’ court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a Bureau De Change operator of N12 million.
Oyeniyi pleaded innocence of the offences of conspiracy, fraud and theft preferred against him.
Police Inspector Ben Ekundayo, the prosecutor, alleged that the accused committed the offences sometime in November 2017 at Lagos Island.
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