Police Arrest 11 School Burglars, Recover Stolen Goods

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By Chiemelie Ezeobi

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police
Command have arrested 11 suspects, who burgled a public school at the
Shomolu area of the state and stole seven computers and accessories.

Although 15 persons were initially arrested, four were released later
while the rest were detained.

The suspects were identified as Yinka Adesola, Lukman Sokoya, Wasiu
Adejare, Ismaila Adebowale, Ahmed Olaleye,  Ramon Mukaila, Kazeem
Adenuga,  Owolabi Yusuph, Wasiu Shodipe,  Samson Kareem, and Sheriff
Badru.

When the suspects were picked up, the operatives recovered four
laptops, a LaserJet scanner, a desktop and a printer belonging to the
school.

THISDAY gathered that after the RRS   were alerted, their intelligence
team stumbled on a lead that one of the suspects was lurking in a
gaming shop at 29, Awoseni Streets, Shomolu and they picked him up.

On interrogation, the suspect, who turned out to be a buyer of one of
the stolen laptops specifically designed for secondary school pupils,
led the operatives to pick up the principal suspect and 13 others.

The lead suspect, 19-year-old Yinka Adesola, an athlete, said, “It was
Julius Akinyele, a phone repairer, who I accommodated that brought
seven  laptops, one scanner, one desktop, a Central Processing Unit
(CPU) and a LaserJet printer belonging to the public school to my
apartment.

“I knew he was a wayward guy. I accommodated him because his relatives
whom he was staying with were relocating from Shomolu. I offered to
assist him since I had an apartment to myself.

“He was my junior in secondary. He was one of my fans while I was
competing for the school and Local Governments in the state as an
athlete.

“Immediately he joined me, a lot of things started missing in the
compound, neighbours were loosing their phones. Later, we discovered
that he was the one stealing all the phones. My parents directed me
that I tell him to move out and I did.

” But, before this time, he had brought seven computers, one scanner,
one desktop, a Laserjet printer to my room. Although, I saw the name
of the school on those items, since he was always visiting that
school, I didn’t know they were stolen items.

“After a long while I didn’t see him, I attempted to sell all these
items. Some I have sold and others like desktop, printer and four mini
laptops, I have not sold. I gave them out to friends and people that I
know can help me sell them.”

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