From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Police detectives attached to the Delta State Police Command have arrested thirty-six suspected rampaging pick pockets within Asaba various parks, and its environs who have allegedly been robbing unsuspecting passengers including traders going to Onitsha Market.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the Police Commissioner in the State, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, told journalists in Asaba yesterday that the suspects were arrested on intelligence gathering at Ibusa Junction, around Ogbeogonogo Market and its environs, saying that the State Police Command had put proactive measures in place to cheek the activities of hoodlums ahead of the yuletide season.
He said that the suspects were at present undergoing interrogation as they would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Assuring Deltans that the command will ensure peaceful celebrations of Xmas and New year in the state, the police boss said: “a lot of measures have been put in place including 24 hours patrol and raiding of suspected flash points, from observations, crimes have reduced compared a years past”.
It was reliably gathered that pick-pockets disguise as passengers to rob unsuspecting persons of their belongs, and in most cases their handsets.
Investigation revealed that teenage boys of between 16 and 18 years old are positioned in strategic areas in Asaba, and its environs where especially passengers and traders including pedestrian are seen in “mad rush” are allegedly robbed unknown to them they are pick pockets.
Sources said they are clad in dresses not suspicious, they are thieves, sometimes seen discussing politics with well-meaning Nigerians in strategic places; a situation they perfect their targets, and execute in a twinkle of an eye.
A motor mechanic, John Sunday was in the early hours robbed of his handset, and N10, 000 by these rampaging pick pockets who sometimes operate with tricycle on Okpanam Road.
Narrating his ordeals, the victim, John Sunday said: “I took tricycle from flyover Junction heading to Okpanam road, and I met two men inside the tricycle, and when I came down, I only paid N50, 000 and the rider zoomed off by the time I deep my hand into my pocket, my handset, N10, 000 had disappeared”.
The victim who lamented his experience in the hands of the pick pockets who disguise as tricycle rider, bus driver, however called on the police to be vigilante, and bring the hoodlums to book.