Emmanuel Oyewunmi, a 41-year-old man from Ikale, Ondo State, who was arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command for stealing the phone of his helper has pleaded that he should be saved from going to prison the eighth time.
He was arrested by the operatives on Friday night at Ojodu Berger Bus Stop for stealing N600 and a phone from a bus driver and a passenger. He had been on the wanted list of RRS’s operatives for stealing a Samsung Galaxy S4 belonging to one Adesewa Oni from her car.
On the penultimate day, Oyewunmi was a park keeper outside a shopping mall when Oni drove in to attend a ceremony. For keeping an eye on her car, Oni instead of offering Oyewunmi the N200 he requested decided to drive him to a nearby ATM to withdraw some money out of which she gave him N1,000.
Unwittingly for her, she left him inside her car while she gets the money from the ATM. Upon returning, she handed him the N1,000 and she drove off. One said she had driven for 5 minutes, after leaving Oyewunmi when she realized her phone was gone. Oyewunmi said:
“I was pushed into it by the need to get hard drugs. As soon as I got the phone, I went to Ipodo in Ikeja to get hard drug. It was the hard drug dealer that bought it from me. He bought it for N8,000. I spent the rest on drug.
I was so pained that I forgot to shave and barb from the proceeds of the stolen phones. Hard drug has spoilt my life. It was the cause of my rejection by my wife, and my father. I got hooked on drug while I was young. If I am imprisoned now, it would be the 8th time and 3rd time this year.”