Emmanuel Oyewunmi has become infamous for his notorious and unrepentant habit of stealing. The 41-year-old indigene of Ikale in Ondo State will be going back to prison for the ninth time after he was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly stealing a phone and and money.
Oyewunmi who has been to prison three times this year, was arrested on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Ojodu Berger Bus-stop for stealing the phone and N600 of the bus driver and a passenger.
According to the police, Oyewunmi has been on the wanted list of RRS’s operatives for stealing a Samsung Galaxy S4 belonging to one Adesewa Oni while he was working as a park keeper outside the Shoprite Shopping Mall in Ikeja.
It was gathered that when Oni drove into the premises of the Mall, Oyewunmi had approached her and offered to keep watch over her car for a fee.
At the end of the event she had gone to attend, Oni was said to have offered to drive him to a nearby ATM to withdraw some money out of which she gave him N1000 instead of the normal N200 paid to park keepers to watch over each car.
However, the woman left the suspect inside her car while she went to withdraw the money and when she came back, she handed the money to him and drove off, not knowing that he had stolen her phone.
Oyewunmi confessed to the crime, saying:
“I was pushed into it (stealing) by the need to get hard drugs. As soon as I got the phone, I went to Ipodo in Ikeja to get hard drug. It was the hard drug dealer that bought it from me. He bought it for N8,000. I spent the money on drugs.”
“Hard drug has spoilt my life. It was the cause of my wife leaving and my father rejecting me. I got hooked on the drug while I was young. If I am imprisoned now, it would be the 9th time and 3rd time this year. I am begging for forgiveness.”