The Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday recorded another success in the fight against criminal elements with the arrest of two suspected vandals for allegedly stealing railings of the First Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
The two men, Godwin Nwankwo, 23 and John Omeoha, 23 were arrested by the operatives hours after one Ademola Ibrahim, a commercial bus driver was arrested over allegedly stealing the rails of the Eko Bridge at Ijora.
The operatives arrested Godwin and John as they were bringing out 17 bars of reinforcement meant to firm up the bridge from a manhole.
It was gathered that Godwin told the RRS on interrogation that he stole the railings because he was hungry and that he had no alternative means for him to get money.
He was also said to have confessed that he had passed through the hole several times and was curious to find out what was inside.
He confessed to have entered the manhole twice in 2015 to steal railings, and added that
“I have entered the hole four times. From the money I made from those sales, I have saved N5, 000 in my bank account to assist me to travel out of Lagos.
“Yesterday, I went there again. I invited my friend, John Omeoha. We stole 17 bars, which we planned to sell to scavengers in order to raise funds.
“Unfortunately, just as we were bringing out the metal from the manhole, RRS operatives sighted us and arrested us. My plan was to raise money to enable me relocate back to Enugu, where I repaired handsets before coming to Lagos. I want to leave Lagos because my life has been meaningless here.
“I broke my waist while working with a gas pipeline laying company in Lagos. This is where my problem started. I spent two months in hospital.
“When I was discharged, I was advised not to do hard work. So, the easy way out for me is to scavenge for a living. That is why I need to move out of Lagos.
“I was invited to come down to Lagos from Enugu last year by a friend. On getting to Mazamaza, pickpockets stole my phones and money. Since then, I have not been able to locate my friend. I live in parks and shanties in order to survive”, he said.
John said that he only went along because Godwin invited him.