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How I made N18,000 daily from pickpocketing – Suspect reveals

Joy Anyim

A suspected pickpocket, arrested in Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos has confessed to the operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS), that he made at least N18,000 daily selling stolen phones.

The suspect, Daodu Lawal, 31, was arrested last Friday around 5:00 p.m. when he unsuccessfully picked a phone from the pocket of a passerby in Ikeja Under Bridge.

Lawal, who had before his arrest steadily picked 2 android phones from passersby was removing another android phone from the pocket of another victim when the phone incidentally fell from his hand thus drawing the attention of its owner.

He was promptly arrested by the RRS officers attached to the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at Ikeja, Under Bridge. Just as the suspect was explaining the source of the phones in his possession, one of his victims, who was trying to catch a glimpse of what was happening saw his phone in suspect’s hands.

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Lawal in his confession to the police explained that he operates in Computer Village, Ikeja and Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. “On Friday, I was in Computer Village as usual. I have picked two phones in the morning which I sold to my customers in Computer Village.

“ In the afternoon, I resumed to pick few phones. I was picking the third one when the owner raised alarm which attracted the attention of the RRS men. They arrested me and unfortunately, just as I was trying to prove my innocence, one of my victim identified his phone in my hand”.

“I don’t operate every time. I go out at times twice in a week and I make at least N18,000.00 from pickpocketing. There were times I made more than that, especially, when I picked expensive phones,” he said.

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Speaking on how he started the criminal act, Lawal said, “ I started pickpocketing in 2017 and I have never been arrested before. I use the money I make to buy and sell cloth in Computer Village. I resort to pickpocketing occasionally.

“ I sell the phones to Afeez and Lanre. They are street guys in Computer Village. I was trained by Bello, but I have not seen him in a long while now.”

Commenting on the development, the Command’s Public Relation Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said the suspect is assisting the police in the arrest of the buyers of his stolen phones in Computer Village, Ikeja.