CRIME Hunger led me to commit crime – Car hijacker Crime fight: 5 mobile police units deployed to Katsina
Five units of mobile policemen have been deployed to Katsina State to boost the operations of the state police command in the ongoing fight against crime.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Gambo Isah, told newsmen that two units have been drafted to Mai’adua and Daura local governments and the remaining three deployed to Malumfashi, Jibia and Funtua LGA’s respectively.
He said the deployed officers, who are from Kano and Jigawa states, are to be supported by an unspecified number of men of the command to carry out operations.
The PPRO said the police are doing all it can, with available resources to address crime in the state and called for collaboration from all stakeholders to ensure success.
A29-year-old man arrested for hijacking a car with a baby on board in Ilorin, Kwara State, last week, has pleaded with the owner, Mrs. Omotoyosi Adewoye, to forgive him, saying hunger led him to commit the crime.
Speaking while he was paraded by the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin, the suspect, identified as Oladapo Olawoye, an HND graduate of Building Technology from Kwara State Polytechnic, said he had been a member of his church, Living Faith Church, Offa Garage branch, for years and only decided to rob the woman to survive.
He said that it was from the church that he flagged off his victim for a ride to Gaa-Akanbi area of Ilorin metropolis.
“It was desperation. I had not eaten for four days”, he said, adding that, “after the woman jumped out of the car, I had no option than to drive off.
“My intention was to snatch the bag and find money but when I pulled out the knife and the woman rushed out she started screaming and I had to drive off with the car.
“It was while I was going that I noticed the baby at the back and that put me in greater confusion. I didn’t know what to do and I noticed there were policemen on the road almost at about every three kilometres and that was when I decided to drop the baby behind someone’s house at Akerebiata.
“I then drove the car to Asa Dam road and when I had emptied the purse which was my original intention, I wanted to go and drop the car somewhere so they could find it the following day but as I looked out the house was surrounded by SARS men and they arrested me,” he said.
He claimed that was his first attempt at crime and regretted the action, adding that he was sure the law would take its course on his case. “I know the law will take its course on the matter but the only thing I want now is for that woman to forgive me,” he said.
Spokesman for the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the suspect would soon be charged to court for armed robbery.
He also announced the arrest of seven suspected cult members on September 9, 2017 from Ilorin and Offa following intelligence report.
On the same day, the command recovered a truck laden with 30,000 litres of PMS after it was snatched at gun point at about 9.00pm along Eyenkorin-Ogbomosho expressway, he also said.