Police Nab 2 Men For Stealing 20 Bags Of Cement In Lagos

A worker waits to load sacks of cement from PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa to be shipped to other provinces in Jakarta

The Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command,  have arrested two men identified as  Abiola Hamzat,  35 year old and  Adebayo Kazeem, 32, for allegedly  stealing 20 bags of cement from a brick making company based in Agbado area of the state.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was arrested by the policemen after he had successfully stolen the items from their working place.

It was futher gathered that the arrested suspect, a father of three, stole the 20 bags of cement from the company a day after he was promoted to the post of a supervisor with a financial reward of N215, 000:00 per month.

It was learnt that that the suspect who is a university graduate, was lured into the crime out of greed and lack of contentment.

According to police they were told by the company that Hamzat, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), started work at the factory as a Contract Security from where he rose to become an operator.

“However, he was formally promoted three days ago to the post of a Supervisor, when the company’s management discovered that he was a university graduate”, the police added.

He was  arrested on last Thursday along with an accomplice after moving the 20 bags of cement out of the factory in Agbado area.

The he suspect who owned up to the crime at the RRS police post said he masterminded the crime.

In his confessional statement, the suspect said, “I masterminded the crime but I only co-opted Adebayo into the plan. Initially, Adebayo discouraged me that it was not possible to steal cement at the company. After so much pressure, he told me to carry the gateman along in order to be successful which I eventually yielded to”.

He explained further, “I had an accommodation problem with my family. I was desperately looking for funds to house them. That was what pushed me into it”.

While confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmus, advised companies operating in the state to be vigilant and report activities of suspected criminals to the police..

The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Yaba for prosecution.