A forty-one-year-old man arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command for allegedly stealing his helper’s phone has pleaded for amnesty.
He says he does not want to go to prison for the eighth time.
The suspect, Emmanuel Oyewunmi, 41, from Ikale, Ondo State, was arrested by the operatives on Friday night at Ojodu Berger Bus Stop for allegedly stealing N600 and a phone from a bus driver and a passenger.
Oyewunmi, before now, has been on the wanted list of RRS’s operatives for stealing a Samsung Galaxy S4 belonging to one Mrs. Adesewa Oni.
Oyewunmi was a park keeper outside Shoprite Shopping Mall, Ikeja, when Oni drove in to attend a ceremony at the Adeyemi Beraa auditorium, Alausa.
For keeping an eye on her car, Oni instead of offering Oyewunmi the N200 he requested, decided to drive him to a nearby ATM to withdraw some money out of which she gave him N1000.
Unfortunately for her, she left Oyewunmi in her car while she went for the money at the ATM.
Upon returning, she handed Oyewunmi the N1, 000.00 and she drove off.
“I had driven for five minutes when I felt the urge to make some calls for appointments, and I realized that my phone, Samsung Galaxy S4 was missing. Quickly, my mind went to him and I realised my mistake.
“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 had gone,” she explained.
“I was advised to report the incident at the RRS’s headquarters the same day.”
The suspect on interrogation admitted stealing the phone while she left him in the car to get money through the ATM last week Sunday.