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Residents nab serial burglar in Ondo

By Sade Adewale, Ondo


A 37-year-old man identified as Yakubu Yisa, has been arrested by residents of the Surulere area in Ondo town while attempting to enter the  house of one Towoju Omolafe in the community.

Eyewitnesses told The Hope Metro that the incident happened on Saturday evening around 06:30 pm, while the victim was about to break into the residence.

It was gathered that the suspect suddenly opened the door of the house, brought out his gun and pointed it at the people in the house.

The occupants of the house were said to have struggled with him and in the process held his hand and collected the gun from him.

He was, thereafter arrested by the residents who came to their rescue and handed him over to the police.

Other members of his gang reportedly escaped immediately after they saw the suspect had been overpowered.

The victim, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said,” I noticed a strange movement at the back of the house. Later, I saw the suspect through the back door as he was coming to our house.

“So, I quickly called on other neighbour next to us on the phone to inform them.

Immediately, we share ourselves at the entrance of the doors before he could open it.

“Immediately he opened the door, we attacked him. We targeted the gun with him and held his hands to collect it. The gun fell and he was powerless. He was arrested by the people in the street and tied.

“Other members of his gang ran away because the resident’s street had gathered when we were struggling with the robber and also shouting thief.

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“The suspect was later arrested by angry residents and was beaten to a coma before he was handed over to the police,” he explained.

A police source who confirmed the arrest,  said the residents in the area have been complaining about housebreaking.

He said the suspect will be charged to court as soon as possible for prosecution.

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