- A driver has been arrested while praying for forgiveness inside a church in Benue state
- Dominic Nege was alleged to have diverted goods worth N10.3 million from his employer
- The police said Nege and all those involved in the criminal act would be charged to court once investigation on the matter is over
A driver working for Rabel Nigeria Limited, Dominic Nege, has been arrested by officials of the Lagos state Police command for stealing goods worth N10.3 million.
Nege was arrested after he made away with 143 crates of beer he was assigned to deliver at Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Punch reports that the driver switched off his phone after his disappearance while the case was reported to the police by the company.
Lagos state commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, while parading the suspect said operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested the suspect in Benue state.
According to Edgal: "Efforts to arrest the suspect paid off on Monday, June 11, 2018, when he was traced to Makurdi, Benue State. During interrogation, the suspect led detectives to the Sangotedo area of Ibeju Lekki, where the Mitsubushi truck, with number plate, JJJ 873 XJ, was abandoned after he had disposed of the goods."
Also, a profile check on Nege by his employer revealed that he falsified the information he gave, including that of his guarantor.
Confessing to the crime, the suspect said he lost peace with God after diverting the goods.
He said: “I was arrested inside a church in Benue State. I was in the church to pray for forgiveness and confess to the pastor because I did not have peace of mind.
“I sold the crates of drink by going to people’s shops. I told them that the company had organised a promo. I sold one crate of beer, which cost N1,900, for N1,800. But those who bought five crates were given one extra crate.
“So people showed interest and ordered for some crates on credit. I even gave a man about 89 crates of beer on credit. He later paid me N30,000," Nege said.
Speaking after the arrest, Nege's employer, Jacob Audu said he employed the suspect out of pity.
Audu said: “We asked him to transfer products from one of our warehouses to another one. After about three hours, we didn’t see him. We suspected something was wrong and reported to the police.
“I helped him because we are from the same state. Despite what he has done, I will continue to help people. He is just another confused young Nigerian that thinks that stealing is the best way to the top. But if he gets out of the system with a reformed mind, I can still give him a second chance. But for now, he should be charged to court as a deterrent to others," Audu noted.
However, speaking, Edgal said investigation was still ongoing, adding that detectives were on the trail of all buyers of the stolen goods. He said all parties involved in the crime will be charged to court.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that a robbery suspect, Yemi Lawa, left a church vigil to burgle a house.
The suspect while being paraded among 23 other suspects by the Oyo state commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said he was hungry and was looking for food in the house, when he ended up robbing it. He added that he never had the intention of robbing the house at all.
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