A 32-year-old suspected phone thief, Idowu Nojeem, who operated around the Computer Village in Ikeja and who reportedly beat a policeman has been arrested and charged to court. Nojeem had on Tuesday, allegedly attacked a police sergeant, Oladipo Adetunji, who had gone on a surveillance walk around the Computer Village.
The suspect was later arrested by the same policeman, who he had earlier attacked, before he was handed over to the RRS team under the Ikeja Bridge. An eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity told Nigerian Tribune:
I was with the Police officer when the suspect forcefully removed the phone from his front pocket. The Police officer was on a surveillance mission in the area but was not in uniform. I saw a man moving towards the Police officer but he never knew he was a policeman because the man was not in uniform.
As he moved closer to him, he stylishly covered his face with a newspaper, and removed the phone from his pocket. As I stood beside the officer when the incident occurred, we were all shocked that someone could have such an effrontery to rob while many passers-by were moving. Immediately, the policeman suspected that his phone had been removed, he pulled the suspect by his shirt but the suspect said he should forget his phone that it’s gone. He started beating the policeman before we could separate them. The Police officer still held him tight with his trousers. When it was obvious that he was gaining an upper hand, the traffic warden and other policemen close by, stepped in to separate them.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest of the suspect and reiterated the commitment of the police in the state to reduce crime to its barest minimum.