I Learnt Pickpocketing In 15 Days - Suspect Who Stole 240 Phones From Lagos Commuters - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I Learnt Pickpocketing In 15 Days - Suspect Who Stole 240 Phones From Lagos Commuters

.                                  • Suspect Sikiru

-The Daily Crucible

A suspected pickpocket practitioner,  Ayomide Sikiru, 
a resident of Akala, Mushin area of Lagos State has given into how lhe earned the art of picking items, especially handsets, from unsuspecting victims, including an elderly woman, inside vehicle.

The 27 - year - old  Sikiru who  was arrested around 10:00 p.m. after he 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, said one Sakiru taught him the alleged criminal trade.

"I learnt the illegal business in 15 days," he told detectives from the Lagos State Command after he was arrested by the Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad(RRS) unit of the Command.

His luck which he had pushed too far failed him after stealing an elderly woman's phone, tried to alight from the bus but was restrained by a passenger who challenged him to return the phone he stole. 

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 Public Relations Officer Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a release.

Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) said further that Sikiru had confessed to  being in the business of pickpocketing for a year and two months since  learning the illegal "business"  from one Sakiru. 

He also confessed that he operates only on peak days of the week -  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

According to the suspect, he has stolen no fewer than 240 handsets from victims  - majorly Lagos commuters, in the last 14 months.

Similarly, the Police in Lagos also arrested one Johnson Godday in the Nigerian Army uniform for attacking and robbing some commuters in Ogudu Area of the State. 

One Onyebuchi Nwanga  of No. 24, Bayo Oshinowo Street, Ogudu, Lagos reported that at about 2215pm  on Sunday that  while alighting from a tricycle with his friends at Emmanuel street junction, they suddenly noticed two men on motorcycle and in military uniform.

The two, the victim added,  attacked them and snatched his Infinix smart 5 phone.

He further stated that when they raised an alarm which attracted policemen attached to Ogudu Division around the scene, who came to their rescue and arrested the suspect in Army uniform while his accomplice, also in the Nigerian Army uniform, escaped with the motorcyclist.

The snatched phone was immediately recovered from the suspect.

According to Adejobi, in the course of police investigation, Johnson Godday, from Edo State, confessed that he was attached to NA 149 Batallion, Ojo, Lagos before he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army.


Also, the RRS operatives in compliance with the order of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State,  CP Hakeem Odumosu on enforcement of the curfew and COVID-19 protocols, impounded nine (9) vehicles in Agege. 

The nine vehicles were impounded by the Commander, Rapid Response squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who was also in Agege at early hours of  last Friday to engage community stakeholders on the security situation in Agege area.

The impounded vehicles included six (6) danfo, a Toyota Hilux, Honda Accord and Ford pickup.

Their registration numbers are: GGE 240 XZ, SMK 696 YA, AAA 869 YD, LSD 322 GE, KTU 466 FH, JJJ 877 YC, AAA 773 XH, EPE 241 XZ and an unregistered Volkswagen transporter.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the cases to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation, while the owners of the impounded vehicles be immediately charged to the mobile courts at Taskforce office Oshodi. 

Hakeem Odumosu however vowed to remain resolute in fighting against crimes and criminality in the state. 

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