Phone thief begs police to Save him from my 8th imprisonment


A 41 -year -old man who has been arrested and imprisoned 7 times before has begged the Rapid Response Squad (RRS ) of Lagos State Police Command to save him from another imprisonment after he was arrested for stealing a phone yet again.

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Emmanuel Oyewunmi , from Ikale, Ondo State, was arrested by RSS operatives on Friday night at Ojodu Berger Bus Stop for stealing N600 and a phone from a bus driver and a passenger.

Mr . Oyewunmi had been on the wanted list of RRS ’ s operatives for stealing a Samsung Galaxy S 4 belonging to one Adesewa Oni from her car , the police said in a statement Sunday .

“ On the penultimate day , Oyewunmi was a park keeper outside Shoprite Shopping Mall ,
Ikeja when Oni drove in to attend a ceremony at the Adeyemi Bero , Auditorium, Alausa , ” the statement said .

“ For keeping an eye on her car , Oni instead of offering Oyewunmi the N 200 he requested decided to drive him to a nearby ATM to withdraw some money out of which she gave him N 1, 000 .

“ Unwittingly for her, she left Oyewunmi inside her car while she gets the money from the ATM . Upon returning, she handed Oyewunmi the N1 , 000 and she drove off . ”
Mrs . Oni said she had driven for five minutes, after leaving Mr . Oyewunmi when she realised her phone was gone .

“ Quickly, my mind raced to him and I realised my folly, ” she said .
“ How could I have left a total stranger in my car alone , leaving documents and valuable items in the car with him ? It was just a silly thing to do for me . I traced him back to that spot but he was gone . ”
Mrs . Oni said she was advised to report the incident at the RRS ’ s Headquarters the same day .

The police said the suspect on interrogation admitted stealing Mrs . Oni’ s phone when she left him in the car to get money through the ATM last week Sunday .

“ I was pushed into it by the need to get hard drugs , ” Mr . Oyewunmi said .

“ As soon as I got the phone , I went to Ipodo in Ikeja to get hard drug . It was the hard drug dealer that bought it from me . He bought it for N 8, 000 .
“ I spent the rest on drug . I was so pained that I forgot to shave and barb from the proceeds of the stolen phones .

“ Hard drug has spoilt my life . It was the cause of my rejection by my wife , and my father . I got hooked on drug while I was young and getting out of it has been extremely difficult for me .”

Mr . Oyewunmi said some faith based non -governmental organisation had assisted in his rehabilitation in the past, but he had always found his way back to drugs .
“ Drug has been the predominant cause of my imprisonment, ” he said .
“ If I am imprisoned now , it would be the eighth time and third time this year .”

On his second offence , Mr . Oyewunmi admitted stealing a phone and N600 from the bus driver and a passenger but pleaded that he was under the influence of drug .

Confirming the arrest of the suspected thief , the Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos , urged Lagosians not to expose themselves to criminals .

The police said the suspect had been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce for prosecution .

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