What do you call someone who steals from a police while he is being questioned for a previous crime? Double Suspect, hardened criminal or what?
A 28-year-old man, Deji Ayoola, was caught allegedly picking on the pocket of a police officer and stealing N1,200 from the uniform man at the station where he was detained in Lagos.
The spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the suspect was arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for pick-pocketing during an interrogation.
Mr. Badmos said that the suspect was first arrested at Ojodu Berger when he allegedly stole a commuter’s money while trying to board a commercial vehicle to the Redemption Camp. She said the suspect was sighted removing a wallet containing about N14,500 from the commuter’s purse. A co-passenger who saw him in the act raised an alarm after the owner of the money had announced her purse missing and that attracted the attention of the police.
“The suspect stylishly stepped on N1,200 which fell from a police woman’s pocket while removing her cell phone from the pocket,” Badmos said.
“When the money dropped on the floor, he picked it and pocketed it. Unknown to him, another passenger had seen him when he was hiding the money, and immediately alerted the officer that the money she was looking for was with the Deji Ayoola.”
According to Badmos, Deji Ayoola had been transferred to the State Environmental Task force for prosecution. However, his charge will be for double offence; stealing on top another stealing.
This is one of the many cases of pick-pocketing going on in different parts of the country as jobless and hungry Nigerians strive to make ends meet.