By Christian Ogoh
The Delta State Community Vigilante Police, Alihagu Chapter in Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of the State have arrested a dismissed police officer, said to be a ‘specialist’ in vandalizing government property.
It was gathered that the alleged criminal, who is an indigene of the community, was caught during the week when he allegedly broke into someone’s apartment and and attempted to make away with some valuables, including phones.
According to our sources, the 45-year old suspect was notorious for breaking into government schools in the community to steal metals and valuables which he sells as scraps.
Confessing to the crime before the newsmen in Agbor, the suspect, who gave his name as Benedict Sunday, said that he was dismissed from the police force in 2018.
Sunday confessed that he engaged in the crime by using a fake police identity card, bearing a Warrant ID card and the rank of an Inspector, to arrest commercial motorcyclists without plate numbers at College Junction axis every evening, adding that he demanded his victims to pay him or have their motorcycle seized.
The suspect claimed that he regret indulging in such criminal activities, and that he was into crime as a result of hunger.
Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of the vigilante group, Mr Aliemeke Onyekachukwu, noted that the suspect had been terrorizing the community and environs.
He revealed that they had received several complaints about him and that he had always been on the run.
“We have been trailing him for long and today God has delivered him into our hands. The phone he stole was recovered from the bush path he allegedly hid the phone and other items he stole,” Onyekachukwu said. He stated that they would hand him over to the men of the Nigerian Police in Agbor Division for further investigations.