A 30-year-old graduate of a state-owned polytechnic, Akeem, has been arrested and arraigned before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for stealing.
LEADERSHIP Weekend learnt that luck ran out on Akeem, when he went to Shasha area of Lagos, burgled shops at a plaza and was caught by night security guards, who handed him over to the police.
It was learnt that the suspect performed well at MAPOLY where he studied Mass Communication and graduated with HND, but this did not last long as he was involved in an accident which led to the amputation of one of his legs and which changed his life aspirations.
After he was discharged from the hospital, LEADERSHIP learnt, life became unbearable for him and his family, as his efforts to get a job proved abortive, as he was not employed because of his condition.
LEADERSHIP gathered that he turned out to be a one-man robbery squad and robbed people in Lagos State, but before then, Akeem had already married his wife, had children and they had to relocate to his village in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State and settle there.
Narrating his ordeal, Akeem said, “I could not farm and had no job to rely on, my family was starving and my wife said that I had to look for work despite my condition in order to survive.
“I then moved to Lagos, but to no particular place or area and I was moving about begging. In the night, I would sleep wherever I stopped, when I wake up in the morning and I will start moving around again to survive. I also tried the bus stops to solicit for work as a bus conductor. Some of the drivers that tried to use me were forced to drop me when they discovered that I was one legged and I could not stand to call passengers even as I was wearing an artificial leg.
“The situation continued, I gradually started stealing and later went into breaking shops at night to steal items and resell. I finally moved back to Lagos, having been caught and attacked at Abeokuta for stealing and continued in Lagos.”
The one-legged thief confessed that he did not use guns but had other small tools such as master key, pliers, and chisels, with which he used to break shops to steal items he could easily carry about.
He added that his wife and members of his family did not know he was coming to Lagos to rob, as he usually told them that he was going to Lagos to hustle and they would be surprised after seeing the publication.
Akeem was remanded in prison custody after he did not meet his bail condition.
When LEADERSHIP spoke to Akeem at the court premises, he pleaded that his story should be published so that his people would know that he had been sent to prison in Lagos in order for them to come and bail him.