- A notorious phone snatcher in Lagos identified as Femi Solomon has been apprehended by RRS
- The thief confessed to stealing over 1200 phones from commuters
The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos state police command has arrested a suspected phone thief, Femi Solomon.
The suspect confessed that he has stolen over 1,200 from Lagos commuters since he joined pickpocket gang three years ago, Daily Trust reports.
Solomon was arrested on Thursday at Iyana Oworo after stealing a Samsung phone from a commuter.
Solomon, an auto technician, while confessing to the police, said he was introduced to the crime by his customer, a 50-year-old man identified as Ismaila.
He said: “I noticed he was coming to Obalende finely dressed with so much money. I told him I was looking for a better job opportunity, and he assured me that he was going to assist me with one. And when he was going to introduce me to one, he said I should be following him, while I learn from him.
“Throughout the six months I followed him, we could pick six to eight phones and wallets from people without them knowing. He kept everything to himself, but at the end of the day, he would give me between N4,000 to N6,000 depending on his wish.
“On August 2016, I started on my own. I wasn’t bold enough to pickpocket during the day. Besides, I was still a “green horn” and inexperienced. So I devised to go out from evening since nobody pickpockets at night.
“In my rough estimate, I would have stolen 1200 phones both by standing in Lagos bus stops and inside commercial buses.
“I used to operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I also operate at night parties and where there are overnight events."
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Solomon has since been transfered to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigerians have been warned by the RRRS commander, Tunji Disu, that 'UK used phones' can land them in jail if they are caught with such phones in the UK, US, Germany, South Africa, amongst others.
Accordingearlier reported that Nigerians have been warned by the Rapid Response Service Commander, Tunji Disu, that 'UK used phones' can land them in jail if they are caught with such phones in the UK, US, Germany, South Africa, amongst others.
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