Members of the Oodua People’s Congress, on Monday, arrested two men who allegedly stole a vulcanising machine from a store at Mile 12, in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Chief Security Officer of the Gani Adams-led faction of the OPC, Rotimi Obayemi, told PUNCH Metro that the suspects confessed to stealing the machine after it was found with them.
He identified the suspects as Sanni Aminu, 30, and Ibrahim Salisu, 29.
Obayemi said, “I was called by the OPC chairman who told me that they had caught two thieves. On arrival, I interrogated the suspects in Hausa because they did not understand English. They both confessed that they broke into a store at Underbridge, Mile 12, and stole the machine.”
Aminu, who claimed to be a wheelbarrow pusher at the Mile 12 Market, said, “I accompanied my brother last night. I didn’t know that he was going to steal the machine.”
The Lagos State Chairman, OPC, Okanlomo Adeniyi, said the police had been informed of the incident and that the suspects and the stolen machine would be handed over to the authorities.
Okanlomo said, “We have reported the case to the Ikeja division of the police command; they are on their way. We will hand over the suspects and the stolen machine to them when they get here.”
He noted that the case would be monitored to ensure that the machine was returned to its owner.
As of the time of filing this report, attempts to speak to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful.
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