NIGERIAN GANGS ‘MAKING HUGE PROFITS FROM PHONES SNATCHED ON BRITISH STREETS BY SELLING DEVICES ON BOOMING BLACK MARKET’

NIGERIAN GANGS ‘MAKING HUGE PROFITS FROM PHONES SNATCHED ON BRITISH STREETS BY SELLING DEVICES ON BOOMING BLACK MARKET’

Smartphones snatched by moped-riding thugs are being exported more than 4,000 miles to the African nation where they are sold for up to £560 each on a booming black market, it was claimed

Nigerian crime gangs are reportedly profiting from the mobile phone theft epidemic on British streets.

Smartphones snatched by moped-riding thugs are being exported more than 4,000 miles to the African nation where they are sold for up to £560 each on a booming black market, The Sun reported.

A newspaper investigation found used “UK Used Phones” are being sold in stores and markets in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos. One trader who was questioned over their merchandise admitted the phones were “London used”.

Hi-tech mobiles remain relatively scarce in the country fuelling a soaring desire for gadgets from middle class customers, it was reported.

According to The Sun, crime bosses in Nigeria are able to feed demand and profit from it from being supplied with tens of thousands of phones seized from British victims.

The criminal operation is allowed to carry on unchecked because Nigeria has not signed up to a global deal which blacklists stolen devices, it was claimed.

One industry source told the newspaper that Nigeria “effectively inviting illicit imports” by “creating a market for stolen phones”.

Tory MP Andrew Percy told The Sun: “It is truly shocking to think that violent attacks here in the UK are being used to make black marketeers in other parts of the world wealthy.”

Crime figures show 446,000 UK phone thefts in 2016 with 60,000 alone in London, where an epidemic of moped-enabled crime has exploded.

Scotland Yard recorded 16,158 phone crimes related to mopeds in the 12 months to June last year, more than three times than that reported in the previous year, according to The Sun.

Tory MP Bob Neill told the newspaper: “This is a very serious matter – We’ve seen an increase in moped crimes across the UK.

“The police need to take these crimes more seriously and make investigating them a higher priority. And sentences need to reflect that this is serious organised crime which should attract tougher penalties.”

A Lagos police spokesman told The Sun he was “not aware” stolen phones arrive to be sold in the city but promised to investigate should a complaint be made.

Jamie Bullen / Mirror UK

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