Richard Macaulay Obafemi, a former medical doctor who graduated from one of London’s prestigious schools – University College London – is now a car snatcher and armed robber.
According to The Sun:
“Obafemi was a medical doctor, who according to his account, had his primary and secondary school education at Ipaja, Lagos State before proceeding to the University College London, UCL, where he obtained a degree in Microbiology in 1987 and later studied medicine at UCL, from 1987-1992. In 1993, he did the housemanship in Hatsfield, London. In 1996, Obafemi came to Nigeria for the National Youth Service Corps Scheme and was posted to Kwara State. At the end of the service year, Obafemi took up appointment with the College of Medicine, University of Benin, where he worked for two years from 1998 to 2000, before travelling to Saudi Arabia.”
Speaking with the press, he said:
“I worked at the Royal Medical Centre, Jeddah, for four years. Subsequently, I got another employment offer from the University of Ghana, in 2006 and worked there till 2015. In 2015, I came to Nigeria and visited Kaduna State. During that trip, a car I was driving had an accident and the victim died. I was charged to court and remanded at Kaduna Central Prison. But I was later released from prison on April 8, 2016.”
The Ogun State-born robbery suspect later met two men who were also awaiting trial, Stephen and Ifeanyi. After their release this year, Obafemi hooked up and the men reportedly convinced him to join their armed robber and car-snatching gang.
Here’s what Obafemi said:
“After I left prison, I had followed Ifeanyi to Asaba and joined their gang, which specialized in snatching cars. We have stolen cars like Lexus, SUV in Lagos State, which I drove to Katsina State to sell to buyers from Niger Republic. I sold one for N450,000.
I didn’t go back to University of Ghana because when I was in prison in Kaduna, I didn’t communicate with them. When I came out from prison, I found out that there was no going back. I decided to join the armed robbery gang to earn a living. I am married and blessed with three children. I lost my wife, Mary in 2012 while my three children are in Canada.”
Obafemi was arrested after a member of their gang was apprehended by the police and he revealed the hotel in Onitsha where the former medical doctor was lodging. Not long after, officers of SARS stormed the location and arrested Obafemi.
The arrested men are currently awaiting trial.