A 24-year-old perpetual thief says he enjoys stealing so much and cannot stop what he is doing.
The 24-year-old suspect, Richard Akinwale, who was arrested by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), of the Lagos State Police Command, for stealing a car belonging to his benefactor, Adelabu Tolani, confessed to the operatives that he is obsessed with robbery and will not give up the business because he saw nothing wrong in it.
According to the police, the suspect had earlier been arrested and detained early this year for the same offence of stealing a car belonging to the same helper but after sometime, the man forgave him and took him on bail, but he went back to steal another car belonging to the same man and was arrested by officers attached to the Ogonbo Police division in Ajah area of the state.
Akinwale who said he dropped out of the Northern American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, had gained entrance into the living room of Tolani, through the ceiling to pick the car keys. He was also said to have stolen some other valuable items in the house before leaving with the car.
During interrogation, the suspect allegedly told the RRS operatives that his victim was the sole financier of his university education, and that he stole the car and other valuables to punish him.
The victim, while regretting all the assistance he has been rendering to Akinwale, said he sent him out of his house because of his bad attitude.
"I sent him out of my house because of his character. I don’t want him to corrupt the good character of my children because they are grown-ups too.
When he stole the car the first time, I reported the case to nearby police station in Ogonbo in Ajah area. The policemen arrested him the second day and he was detained for some days."
"After much pleading from him, I had to beg the DPO to release him, that it was a family affair. I thought he would have a change of mind.
To my surprise, after two days, he went back to my house to steal the car again. This time around, I went to RRS office to report him. We laid siege for him around Iju in Agege, where we later apprehend him in Ikeja,” Tolani said.