Specialist ‘I love stealing in Mosques as it is safer’ -Imam's son

A 30-year-old son of an Islamic cleric says he is a specialist in stealing inside Mosques as it is easy and safe.

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The Mosque raider, Taofeek Wasiu

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A 30-year-old man who was arraigned at the Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos State for stealing shocked the court when he declared that he loves stealing in Mosques because it is safer and easier to escape.

PM Express reports that the suspect, Taofeek Wasiu whose father is an Islamic cleric, was arrested while robbing at a Mosque located at Governor’s Road in Ikotun area of the state where he went and pretended to be praying with other worshipers.

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While everyone was busy with the prayers, Wasiu was said to have attempted to steal a motorcycle parked by a worshiper, Yakubu Shaibu, when luck ran out on him.

The Ogun State-born suspect, it was learned, had sneaked out of the Mosque, unlocked the motorcycle and was driving away when someone who knew the owner raised an alarm and he was pursued by other motorcycle operators and was eventually apprehended at Idimu and handed over to the police at Idimu Division.

During interrogation, the police found out that Wasiu was released from prison custody just last month after spending 18 months for stealing two motorcycles in a similar manner.

He admitted that he had been stealing motorcycles and selling them at getaway prices because stealing in Mosques.

“I have been stealing motorcycles from Mosques in the past. It is safer to steal at Mosques and easy to escape because the worshippers would be deep in their worship and very few people will notice you.

My father is an Imam and has his Mosque at 10, Ifelodun Street in Ejigbo. I have stolen from our Mosque several times. I was sentenced to prison where I spent 18 months and while in prison, I promised myself never to steal again but I don’t know what pushed me into it.”

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Wasiu who said he is a trained barber, also confessed that he has been finding it difficult not to steal whenever he entered any mosque.

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