The suspect, Sunday Vincent, was apprehended by Policemen after forcefully snatching a handset from his victim (name withheld) at Ojota Motor Park, on Monday, August 8th 2016.
On his arrival at the RRS’s Headquarters, the arrested suspect confessed that he was forced to commit the crime because he was desperately looking for money to cure his three-year old sore in his right leg.
According to him, “I was injured about three years ago when I was a bus conductor. Since that time I had been nursing the sore. I had spent all my life savings on it. When helps were no longer forthcoming from anywhere, I deliberately committed the offence because I must cater for my wellbeing and continue to treat the sore”.
“Although, after I was caught, I realised that I had committed offence against God and Humanity. If I had known, I would have chosen another means to look for money rather than taking to stealing”, he added.
The arrested suspect told the investigator that his receiver, Samuel Ajekigbe, was his benefactor who accommodated him when he had no place to live.
Upon confessing this, the Policemen immediately picked-up the receiver at his residence, 38, Oyinbo Orunmila, Unity Estate in Ojodu.
In his words, Ajekigbe, noted that the suspect only told him he saw the phones on the ground on his way home.
“I met the suspect about five years ago. He was my neighbour at Isheri-Olofin. After I packed out of the house, we lost contact.
All of our sudden he just showed up at my new resident at Unity Estate seeking for accommodation. I took pity on him to accommodate him under my roof. But to my surprise, I never knew he was stealing those phones.
He only told me he found them on the ground on his way home. Then, I decided to help him to sell them for N8, 000. And out of that money, he gave me just N2, 000”, he added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Superintendent of Police, SP Dolapo Badmus, noted that the two suspects would be prosecuted accordingly.
The two suspects have been transferred to Lagos State Task Force on Environment for prosecution.