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Lagos police arrest fake soldier who steals bikes

Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected fake soldier involved in stealing motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, across the states in Nigeria.

The suspect, Benjamin Okon, who had been parading himself as a military personnel, was arrested by the policemen who acted on a tip-off from members of the public.

It was learnt that policemen swung into action upon receiving the information, which eventually led to the arrest of the suspect on Sunday, January 1..

“The suspect was fond of intimidating members of the public under the pretence that he is a military personnel. His hostile attitude made people distanced themselves from him. However, when we suspected his moves, we summoned courage and reported him to the police,” a source revealed.

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The suspect, who made a confessional statement during investigation at the police command, said that he had an accomplice (name withheld) who received the stolen items from him.

He revealed that he usually went to neighbouring states to snatch motorcycles, while his receiver helped him to sell them to prospective buyers.

“I am an expert at snatching motorcycles from unsuspecting members of the public. I had stolen countless number of motorcycles, which my accomplice had helped me to sell. I travel far and wide across the country to perpetrate this crime.

“I robbed and sold stolen items to him, and he subsequently sold them to some other persons. Once I took the bikes to him, he would pay me off and I would move on to steal another,” the suspect revealed.

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In her reaction, the State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Superintendent of Police Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the incident, said that the suspect would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

She noted that efforts were on to apprehend the receiver and others who had connection with the crime.

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