Thief In Uniform Police Inspector arrested for stealing plantain in Lagos

A senior police officer has been arrested and detained for allegedly stealing bunches of plantains in Lagos State.

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An Inspector of Police attached to the Railway Police Command, Ebute-Meta, Lagos State, has been arrested and detained for allegedly stealing bunches of plantain, Punch reports.

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It was gathered that the senior police officer who was identified simply as Joseph, was arrested on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, after he was caught while trying to hide the plantain in two trucks, and was promptly arrested and detained pending his orderly room trial over the crime.

A source at the command said that other senior officers have been begging on behalf of the suspect because the incident could embarrass the command if it leaked to the press.

“The inspector is attached to the Railway Police Command. On Tuesday, around 12pm, he went to the Commissioner’s lodge and harvested plantains without any authority.

As if that was not bad enough, he brought two trucks into the command to take the plantain away. He wanted to cover up the plantains with some iron sheets so that he could take them through the gate without being detected.

He was on this when some workers at the Railway Command called the attention of the authorities to it and he was arrested.

The matter is still on. The senior officer who pleaded that he should not be prosecuted explained that the action could dent the image of the command.”

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However, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Railway Police Command, Pius Imue, would not comment on the issue when he was contacted, claiming he has been out of the state but the matter would receive his attention if it is verified to be true.

“I have been in Abuja since last weekend for the inauguration of the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, so I haven’t been on the ground to know about the incident. And if this happened in the command, officers who were on the ground would have attended to it.”

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