By Tony Nwanne
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested six teenage mobile phone thieves in Oshodi on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
The suspects who were brought in batches to the RRS’s Headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja were all apprehended the same day (Wednesday) in Oshodi while dispossessing commuters of their belongings.
The suspects; Ganiyu Rahman Sadiq Adebayo (15); Timilehin Oluwaseun (14); Ogundare Moyinoluwa (18); Toheeb Tijani (19) and Adeleke Sodiq (17) were arrested on Friday morning in Oshodi Oke.
According to one of the suspects, Ganiy Rahman, “we are over 50 boys. We are always in Oshodi – Oke, from morning till late night. Some of us genuinely help people to carry their loads while a lot of us are
there to snatch handbags, phones and other valuables from people. At time, we pretend to be helping them but our focus are their valuables. Most times, we work in groups. While the other is helping out, another person is stealing the victim’s valuables either from bag or pocket.
There some other guys who forcibly dispossess passers-by of their belongings. These gangs operate early in the morning and late at night when their victims are helpless”.
Getting personally, Rahman disclosed that he is a product of a broken home which has seen his parents remarrying. “I have been sleeping in Oshodi Under Bridge since 2013.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Suprintendent Dolapo Badmos, said Police would leave no stone unturned in getting rid of criminal elements within the State, urging parents to monitor the activities of their wards and children. The suspects have been transferred to Lagos State Taskforce.