- A newspaper thief has received the beating of his life in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital
- He reportedly stole parcels of the Vanguard newspapers meant for sale
- While in the process of putting the papers on sale, he was caught and given the beating of his life and thereafter whisked away to police station
A 25-year-old man identified as ThankGod Owei is now cooling his feet at the Akenfa police station in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital for stealing two parcels of Vanguard daily newspapers meant for circulation on Monday.
The suspect, a native of Biseni in Yenagoa local government area had successfully stolen the newspapers shortly after it has been off loaded at the Mbiama junction at about 6: am, and immediately took them for sale to a vendor at the popular Tombia roundabout.
NAIJ.com gathered that the vendor, sensing that he was an impostor and must have stolen the parcels, pretended to play along and began to haggle over the price, "while also making contact with Vanguard sales representative in Bayelsa state Mr. Duke Oyintobara who immediately arrived the scene to confirm the theft."
The suspect, who pleaded for leniency, was given the beating of his life by passersby who were attracted to the scene before he was taken to the Akenfa police station where he confessed to the crime and he is currently being detained.
The suspect, Mr. Owei, while narrating his mode of operation, said he normally leaves his village in Biseni located on the outskirts of the state capital every morning to look for menial jobs to survive in the city.
He said: “I used to leave my village every morning to work in Yenagoa, I do cement casting job at construction sites.
“This morning as I was coming out I saw one young man carrying two parcels, I didn’t know the contents but we boarded the same taxi to Yenagoa.
"As I was observing him, I knew he was not the owner and so when he dropped with the parcels and went inside the street, I knew he was not the owner so I took them to Tombia junction.
"It was there that I opened it and realized that it was newspapers, and I asked people if they can be sold and they said yes, it was when I was trying to negotiate the price that I was caught, I am not denying, I stole them.
“I lost my wife four months ago during child birth but I have one child, since the death of my wife life has been so hard on me, please forgive me, I cannot deny it, I stole the parcels.”
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