…I’m no thief; I was in search of food, he cries
By Ebere Aham
LAGOS—Olayinka Moses, a 17-year-old Junior Secondary School III student urinated on himself while he was paraded for being in possession of an iron weapon, with which he allegedly dispossess people of valuables.
The teenager, who was paraded alongside other suspects at the Lagos State Police Command, soiled himself while narrating how he was arrested.
Moses, who allegedly brandishes an iron rod as gun, was reportedly taken to the station by some guests at a social function, who alleged that he attempted to rob them.
Explaining how he was apprehended, the Oyo State-born teenager said: “I was arrested by some policemen because I was with an iron that looked like a saw and a metal gun at the same time.
“They insisted that I was using it to threaten and rob innocent people. But it is only a gear iron. I did not rob with it. I wanted to sell it to those men who buy condemned iron metals for N50 and use the money to buy food.
“I was returning from a friend’s birthday party at Okeagboro, in the company of my friends when I saw the iron on the ground. When I picked the iron, I looked for a polythene bag with which to wrap it.
“When I got to Shibiri (Ojo area), a party was ongoing and I stopped to see if I could get food to eat because I do not have anybody feeding me. I am on my own. My mother is somewhere in Ibadan trading and I do not know where my father is.
“When the guests at the wedding saw me, they became suspicious and held me. Thereafter, they took me to the police station despite my explanation that I was not a thief.”