28th March, 2012
One of the suspected burglary thieves who was arrested recently has confessed that he got addicted to taking hard drugs especially cocaine to the extent that he often stole money to buy it.
The suspect, Samson Ajala, 42, a native of Owo, Ondo State was arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Mojeed Akinola, 23, from Oje area, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Crime Watch ivestigation revealed that at 12 noon last Friday, both suspects went to house number 10, Ejeuwa Obi Street, Tejumola Estate, Egbeda. As they attempted to break into a flat, one of the residents, Segun Adekunle confronted them. They ran. Mojeed reportedly jumped into another compound, where he was apprehended.
In his confessional statement to the police at Area ‘M’ Command, Idimu, Lagos, Samson Ajala said “you can see yourself that my life is ruined because of cocaine. I cannot take care of my six-year old boy and I cannot afford to rent a room for myself. ”I am addicted to hard drugs. Any time I have the feelings of taking cocaine, I must take it even if I have to rob people in order to get the money.
“Sometimes in June, last year, one of the residents “obami’ gave me information on how people went out and came back from their places of work. We broke into the flat of this complainant, Segun Adekunle which led to our arrest. We went there to steal HP Computer laptop, shoes and wristwatches which I sold to buy cocaine and I gave my informant his share.”
Mojeed Akinola, said, “I reside at 17, Ogunyemi Street, Abule-Egba. I sell fairly-used clothes at Katangowa. The man who put me in trouble was my customer. I told him I was going through financial mess, he promised to help me. I was arrested the first day I followed him to steal. We have since been in police detention.”
Meanwhile, residents of Area ‘M’ Command have commended the Area Commander, ACP Ibrahim Karoje for his efforts at reducing crime rate in the area. Residents who spoke with Crime Watch said Kaoje has proved to be a thorn in the flesh of criminals.
—Oluwole Adeboye/Dedeigbo Ayodeji