The Lagos State Police Command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) says it has arrested an ex-convict who specialises in breaking into homes in Nigeria and Ghana.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Joseph Offor, said in a statement on Wednesday that the 32-year-old suspect, Wasami Dennis, had confessed that Ghana was his major point of operation.
According to the statement, the suspect admitted that it is easier for him to operate in Ghana than in Nigeria as Ghanaians are not security conscious like Nigerians.
It said the suspect was arrested on Saturday in his hideout in Agbole Orile area of Lagos.
The trans-border robbery suspect claimed he was released about a year ago from Kirikiri Maximum Prison after he was convicted for a break-in and run robbery in FESTAC Town, Lagos.
The statement noted that he was caught in possession of a stolen laptop from Ghana along with three machetes hidden inside the walls of his hideout.
“I used to bring the stolen items to Nigeria to sell. I have a ready market for them in Lome and Lagos.
“Those two machetes found inside my apartment in Agbole Orile belong to Area Boys operating in a garage nearby. They kept them there for whenever there is crisis among them.
“I decided to go into house breaking and stealing to survive, and I have been in it for about six years.
“I have operated in more than five houses in Lagos here. All the houses are in FESTAC Town because I know much about the area.
“Among those I sold the items to are Qudus, I.K, Happier, Stanley and Kelvin,’’ the suspect said in his confessional statement.
The statement said police operatives have begun a man-hunt for the suspect’s stolen goods buyers.