Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Sunday warned all criminal elements in the state to stay off as “there would be no hiding place for them.”
This is following the re-arrest of a 27-year-old suspected pickpocket, Tunde Ajeigbe, by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
The suspect, alongside his accomplices, Ekene and Bolenbe, allegedly rode on a motorcycle to 7UP area to rob unsuspecting members of the public.
In his confessional statement with the police, Tunde revealed that he had been arrested for similar offence sometime in 2017 and was charged to court for the crime.
“I was arrested around Ojota after I snatched a lady’s phone and got caught by the police
” I was remanded in prison since then and was released on 19th of November, 2019 but couldn’t go back to my wife and child. I went back to the house I rented before going to prison but couldn’t find my properties and my family again so I made for the street again.
“I went back to Oshodi under bridge to go join my friends again who gave me clothes to wear and bought me food before we went back into our usual job.
“Although, after spending some days in Mushin. Some of my area brothers who knew I just came from prison helped me secure a motorcycle on hire purchase but that wasn’t enough for me as I wanted to make quick money to go see my mother in the village after leaving home for three years without seeing her.
“My aged mother would have been worried after I left home without returning and no one knew my whereabouts as my wife never informed my family that I have been arrested and remanded in the prison. I therefore sought to steal again to raise some money but unfortunately I was caught,” Tunde confessed.