9th June, 2010
“I must confess that I am a habitual criminal. I have been involved in several criminal activities since I came to Lagos.â€
This was the confession of a 22-year old man, Chikodi Agwu, to the police after he was arrested for burgling Ejigbo Magistrateâ€™s Court, Lagos, Nigeria.
Chikodi was arrested after he reportedly broke into the courtâ€™s office and carted away a generating set.
He also confessed that he was behind the recent burglary in the chambers of Mrs. M. B. Folami where he stole electronics worth thousands of naira.
While he escaped during his first operation, he was unlucky the second time as he was arrested by the police with the generating set while trying to escape.
He was charged to court on a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court to be lenient with him, adding that it was hunger that led him into committing crime.
The court found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to community service.
Investigations revealed that while working in the court premises, he perfected another plan to burgle the court that granted him mercy. After regaining freedom, he burgled the court again.
When P.M.NEWS visited Ejigbo Police Station, where he was detained, he said he wanted to raise money to live a better life when he came out of detention. Efforts to speak with the DPO of the station proved abortive.
A police source confirmed to P.M.NEWS that the suspect had made useful statement which will assist in recovering other items stolen from the court.