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Ex soldier, pickpocket who has stolen over 240 mobile phones arrested in Lagos

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The police in Lagos sad its Rapid Response Squad team arrested a 27-year-old pickpocket who had allegedly “stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters.”

Muyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, said in a statement Monday that the suspect, Ayomide Sikiru, a resident of Mushin, was arrested around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The police said the arrest was after the suspect had successfully picked a Tecno Camon 12 from the hand bag of an elderly woman when she was trying to board a commercial bus to Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.

“The suspect, after stealing the phone, tried to alight from the bus but was restrained by a passenger who challenged him to return the phone he stole,” Mr Adejobi said.

“He denied stealing any phone until RRS officers stationed at Iyana Oworo searched and recovered the phone along with an iPhone 7 and another mobile phone from his bag. The owners of the phones had been contacted immediately,” the police said.

Mr Adejobi, a chief superintendent of police, said the suspect said he has been in the business of pickpocketing for 14 months, after learning the illegal “business” in 15 days from one Sakiru. He also reportedly confessed that he operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The suspect has been transferred to SCID Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation, the police said.

Meanwhile, a dismissed soldier, Johnson Godday and his fleeing partner, operating as armed robbers were also caught. The Police said they attacked some passengers who were alighting from a tricycle at about 10.15 pm on Sunday, at Emmanuel street junction, Ogudu area of Lagos.

One of the victims, Onyebuchi Nwanga, said the robbers snatched his Infinix smart 5 phone in the process, adding that they raised the alarm which alerted policemen attached to Ogudu division.

Explaining how his arrest was effected, Adejobi, said, “ when they raised an alarm, policemen attached to Ogudu Division on duty around the scene came to their rescue and arrested the suspect in Army uniform while the other, also in the Nigerian Army uniform, escaped with the motorcyclist. The snatched phone was immediately recovered from the suspect.

“In the course of investigation, Johnson Godday confessed that he was attached to NA 149 Batallion, Ojo, Lagos before he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army”.

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