- The police have arrested a notorious pickpocket in Lagos state
- In fact, the criminal confessed that he has stolen 240 phones from commuters within a year and some months
- According to him, he learned the pickpocket business within 15 days
Following his arrest, a criminal who specialises in pickpocket has revealed the number of phones he has stolen within a year and two months.
According to the 27-year-old, he had stolen 240 mobile telephones from commuters in Lagos.
He claimed he started operating one year and two months ago after learning the trade for 15 days and only operates between Thursdays and Saturdays.
Ayomide Sikiru, 27, a resident of Akala, Mushin, disclosed this after he was arrested during an operation.
The young man met his nemesis after he successfully picked a Tecno Camon 12 from the handbag of an elderly woman when she was trying to board a commercial bus to Ojodu-Berger, Lagos, Vanguard reports.
During interrogation, he said:
“ I live in Akala, Mushin. I don’t use charm. Someone taught me how to pickpocket. I followed him out for 15 days and watched how he did it until I became perfect. I only operated at night, sometimes when passengers were sleeping inside the bus or rushing to board a commercial bus. I have so far stolen 240 phones. I sell them to ready buyers.”
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to appoint a new inspector-general for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The demand was contained in a communique issued by the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
During their virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 17, the PDP governors maintained that the appointment of the new police boss will be a huge stride in tackling the security crisis and crimes.
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari refused to name a new police IG after the tenure of the incumbent head of the force, Mohammed Adamu, ended.
He, however, extended IGP Adamu's tenure by three months in what led to a ripple of controversy with the president dragged to the court over the constitutionality of the action by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
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