Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Borno Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says the command has arrested 24-year-old Isah Ma’azu, alleged to have stolen 15 cell phones from housewives. Abdullahi said that Mu’azu, a tricycle operator, was back in custody for the same offence barely two hours after his release on bail.
Abdullahi who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Maiduguri, said that the suspect was saved from being lynched. He alleged that the tricycle operator stole a cell phone from a woman at Bulumkutu area of Maiduguri. He said that the suspect who was released on bail, based on health grounds, had stolen 15 cell phones and other valuable items from married women in the metropolis. “The habitual culprit usually disguise as an errand boy, go to matrimonial homes under the pretext of delivering shopping or food items from their husbands. “After delivering the items, the suspect would ask the women to give him their cell phones so that he would call their husbands. Eventually, the suspect would run away with the cell phones,” he said.
The commandant explained that luck ran out of the suspect when he applied the same trick on a woman who refused to fall for his antics and shouted for help.
Abdullahi said that the suspect would be charged to court, and advised residents to be wary of unknown person who may disguise as errand boys.