Three ar­rested for steal­ing 300 bags of fer­tiliser

The Punch - - NEWS - Deji Lambo

MEN of the La­gos State Po­lice Com­mand have ar­rested three sus­pects, Banjo Adeleke, James Dalex and Haladu Ju­naidu, for al­legedly break­ing into the Iganmu Flour Mill’s ware­house to steal about 300 bags of fer­tilis­ers.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Bala Elkana, said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day that the Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer of the com­pany in­formed the po­lice about the miss­ing fer­tilis­ers, adding that the se­cu­rity guard of the ware­house was ar­rested for ques­tion­ing.

Elkana stated that dur­ing fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the stolen fer­tilis­ers were traced to a ware­house at the Daleko Mar­ket in Mushin, where they were sold to some buy­ers from Kano at the rate of N4,000 per bag, adding that three per­sons were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the crime.

While the truck used in per­pe­trat­ing the crime had been im­pounded, Elkana said the sus­pects would be charged.

He stated, “On Tues­day,

De­cem­ber 24, 2019, around 4.30pm, the Bode Thomas Po­lice Sta­tion re­ceived a com­plaint from the Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer, Iganmu Flour Mill, that the firm’s ware­house was bro­ken into by un­known per­sons and about 300 bags of fer­tiliser were stolen.

“A team of de­tec­tives from the Bode Thomas Po­lice Sta­tion and crime scene ex­perts were de­ployed in the scene. A thor­ough anal­y­sis of the scene re­vealed a con­struc­tive break­ing, which sug­gested that there was in­sider col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The se­cu­rity guard of the ware­house was taken to the sta­tion for ques­tion­ing. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ex­tended to the Daleko Mar­ket, Mushin, where the stolen fer­tilis­ers were re­cov­ered from a ware­house on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 31, 2019. The fer­tilis­ers were sold to some buy­ers from Kano at the rate of N4,000 per bag, and they were at the point of mov­ing them away when the po­lice stormed the mar­ket.

“The truck used in con­vey­ing the stolen fer­tilis­ers was im­pounded. Three sus­pects, Prince Banjo Adeleke, 57, from Ijebu, Ogun State; James Dalex, 52, from the Mangu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Plateau State; and Haladu Ju­naidu, 52, from the Dala Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Kano State, were ar­rested. In­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

“The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, La­gos State, Ha­keem Odu­mosu, has di­rected the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment, Yaba, to take over the case and charge the sus­pects.”

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