RRS nabs man for stealing 20 car batteries at LASTMA office

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The two suspects

The two suspects

Kazeem Ugbodaga

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have apprehended one Hakeem Fatai, 24, for allegedly stealing 20 car batteries from the premises of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) at Ojota area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The policemen who acted on a tip-off by the LASTMA’s management about the missing batteries from their premises, laid siege for the suspect, and caught him while attempting to remove another battery from an impounded bus.

It was gathered that no fewer than 20 batteries have been removed from the impounded vehicles which were parked inside the premises within a fortnight.

On his arrival at the RRS’ headquarters at Alausa, the suspect confessed to the crime, saying that he operated with an accomplice he identified as ‘Yahoo’, now at large.

According to him¸ “I am responsible for the missing batteries. But I didn’t work alone. We are a two-man syndicate who usually steal batteries. Our targeted vehicle was Volkswagen bus because its batteries can be removed easily without much stress. We don’t usually go for trailer for its battery is protected with burglary.”

The suspect, who was picked-up at about 2:00 a.m. over the weekend, by the operatives, said that he always scaled the agency’s fence to access the compound and remove the batteries while his accomplice stayed outside to watch the surroundings for him.

“We have devised our operation to the extent that no one could suspect us while committing the crime inside the premises. We know the exact time to scale the fence because their security guards are too fond of sleeping. We capitalized on their inefficiency to strike,” he confessed.

Giving account on why he preferred stealing to legitimate work, the suspect revealed: “Immediately after the death of my mother about ten years ago, after a while, my father re-married. And I felt …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper