A28-year-old robbery suspect, Babatunde Ibrahim, who is currently singing like a canary in detention of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, has confessed he had stolen over 100 mobile phones within the metropolis in the last few years.
The suspect who was nabbed by the RRS Operatives along Agege/Abeokuta Expressway, Ikeja axis, said that stealing had become his stock-in-trade from childhood.
He made this confessional statement on arrival at the RRS’ headquarters, Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, and mentioned the duo, Sanni Azeez, 27 years old and Hakeem Kamoru,40 years old, as receivers of the stolen items.
According to him; “The act of stealing has become part and parcel of me. I am a specialist, and also adept in burgling houses without their occupants knowing. I used to gain entrance into targeted houses by cutting the door and window nets with razor blades. I derive pleasure in taking what does not belong to me.
“Apart from house burgling, I also operate in traffic jams, especially, most prone areas to traffic congestions such as Ikorodu road, Lagos-Abeokuta and Apapa-Oshodi Expressways. The last operation I carried out was at Ilupeju area, where luck ran out on me, on getting to Ikeja along bus stop”, he added.
During interrogation, he explained, that he entered the building through the balcony door, which he met unlocked, before moving to the victim’s room to steal three mobile handsets; two Nokia and one blackberry phones, along with other valuables.
The arrested suspect added that the receivers of all the stolen phones were his friends, staying in Akala Street, a notorious criminal hideout, in Mushin, Mushin Local Government.
Mrs. Dolapo Badmus, Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect had successfully stolen the mobile phones and other valuables at ilupeju home, before the policemen suspected his movements and trailed him along Ikeja along bus stop, Agege/Abeokuta Expressway.
“We noticed his suspicious movement, upon sighting us. He wanted to drop his cross bag at one corner and escape, but when he found out that we had seen him, he bolted. But we gave him a hot chase and later caught up with him before Ile-Zik bus stop, along Agege road. When we asked him why took to his heels immediately he sighted us, he could not provide satisfactory answers. And upon conducting a thorough check on the bag found on him, we recovered the stolen items”, a police source hinted.
The police source further hinted that his confessional statement enabled the RRS operatives to apprehend the receivers of all the stolen handsets at their Mushin hideouts.
Dolapo Badmus, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded into the matter.
Earlier, the police spokesperson said the three suspects had been transferred to Ilupeju Divisional Police station upon a request from the station’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in order to wrap up their investigation into the alleged burglary perpetrated at the last victims’ home in Ilupeju, before their arrests.