By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps, Ekiti State Command, has confirmed the arrest of a 35-year-old man, for stealing foodstuffs in a shop at Odo-Ado in Ado Ekiti.
The suspect identified as Sunday Ojo, was said to be a labourer, working in one of the farm settlements in the state capital
He was arrested by men of the corps after he burgled a trader’s shop and carted away items worth several thousands of naira.
According to the Chief of Operations of the Corps, Ajayi Aderotimi, the suspect was arrested in Inisa, Odo-Ado Ekiti, following a tip-off by his employer who was suspicious of his sudden possession of questionable large quantities of food items in the hut where he resides.
He said the suspect stole the food items on July 14,2023, before he was arrested by the corps after thorough investigation.
The food items includes; bag of rice, cartons of Indomie noodles, cartons of Three Crown and Peak milk, cartons of spaghetti, maggi, soaps, among others.
Aderotimi said, “Following a tip-off, this suspect was arrested at Odo -Ado for burglary and theft of food items.
“His employer and the neighbours reported him because they noticed questionable volumes of food items inside a hut where he stays in the farm.
“The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed on the matter.”
Our correspondent learnt that when the suspect was interrogated, he confessed to the commission of the crime, adding that he had eaten out of the food items before he was caught.
He said hunger and delayed payment by his employer led him to the shameful act.
“I stole the food items because I had nothing on me again. And whenever I worked for my employer, he would not pay me on time. That was why I displayed such act of greed,” he confessed.
The owner of the shop burgled, Mrs Tolulope Olumoroti, who lamented over the act, said that she bought the food items on credit in order to take care of her family.
Tolulope said she borrowed over N100,000 to purchase the goods last Thursday, before the suspect looted the food items the following day.