A 25-year-old suspected burglar has been arrested by Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Sango-Ota Ogun state.
Babajide Sokeye, a prophet was arrested for burglary and theft.
The clergyman forcefully broke into the apartment of one Kayode Ahmed, his neighbour who travelled out of the town for some days.
The pastor Sokeye forced his way into Ahmed’s apartment through one of the windows in the building and moved valuables inside the three bedroom apartment including television stand, fan, gas cylinder, utensils, three cups of rice and pressing iron among others into his own room.
Following a petition to the IRT by Ahmed, Sokeye was tracked trailed to his hideout in the neighbourhood and the stolen items were recovered from him.
Police sources confirmed that efforts were ongoing to apprehend other members of Sokeye’s gang.
Confessing, Sokeye said: “ l am a cobbler. I am not married yet due to lack of money. I stay at Ojuore area of Ota, Ogun state. My father is late and I am the one taking care of my mother.
“I found out that the occupants of the three bed room flat had traveled and would spend some days before they come back from their community. I went there to start looting their property but , to my greatest surprise, three guys(burglars) jumped out of the flat, beating me to it. They had been looting the apartment before I started my own.
“I was annoyed. I returned home to prepare myself well and collected house breaking tools . Luckily, when I came back that same day at about 9: 00pm I discovered that those guys had already removed the burglary proof. I then entered the house through the window. The three bedroom apartment is at Isale Wahidan Street, Ota.
‘’The owner travelled out of town with his family. He just padlocked the gate. My own house is on the next street, a self-contained room where I pay N80,000 per year. That night I passed and entered through the kitchen and started parking those things that I felt were most needed by me for the mean time.