CRIME Hunger led me to com­mit crime – Car hi­jacker Crime fight: 5 mo­bile po­lice units de­ployed to Katsina

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

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.

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