Police in Nigeria nab phone-thieving ex-inmate, recovers over 100 mobile phones
Mobile phone stealing isn’t restricted to developed countries. The 3rd world economies get their own fair share of the madness too. In fact, the act is on the high side in these places dues to the presence of a booming market.
Take for example, Musa is a phone retailer who deals in “UK-used” mobile phones in Nigeria. He just received his latest merchandise which includes a Samsung Galaxy S5 he paid as low as 15,000 naira (about $180) to get. The “UK-used” Samsung Galaxy S5 was in fact snatched from an unsuspecting victim just few hours ago and has rapidly found itself in the black market already.
The above fictional story happens in real life. In fact, people like John — who was recently arrested by the Nigerian police in Asaba, Delta State — are the people who supply these wares to Musa.
“Eye witness said that the 26 -year-old allegedly broke into the victim’s house at about 4:15am with the aid of sledge hammer and forcibly collected her mobile phone, including her native wallet popularly called ‘mama’s; adding that when he made an attempt to escape, the victim raised the alarm.
“It was reliably gathered that the alarm drew the attention of neighbours and as the suspect noticed the quick response of neighbours, he made further attempt to run away. But it was too late as the youths in the area went after him and held him down.”
PRO of the Nigerian police force in Delta, DSP Celestina Kalu, confirmed the incident and explained that the arrest of the ex convict led to the recovery of about 136 mobile phones which were possibly snatched from other victims.
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