by Reuben Daba
The apprehension of two suspected burglars by members of a vigilante squad at the sparsely populated village of Era in Abule, Iyana-Era of Oto-Awori LGA, of Lagos state underlines once again, the importance of residence being very watchful and observant of their immediate surroundings at all times.
Luck ran out on two alleged thieves, Kunle, 23, and Segun, 24, when their attempt last week to sneak into the compound of a popular resident called Alhaji, was foiled. The thieves themselves were not very observant, and so did not notice that someone was on their own trail, closely monitoring their every move.
Reports say, the duo were earlier spotted in the community walking aimlessly. A passerby later
noticed that both Kunle and Segun had detoured, and sneaked into Alhaji’s residence, where they were making frantic efforts to enter into through the roof. The passerby quickly alerted members
of the neighbourhood watch operating under the aegis of The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN),
Era zone and got them arrested.
According to a report:
The suspects, it was gathered, were aware that the occupants of the house were not around and therefore wanted to use the opportunity to get into the house and cart away some valuable properties, but unknown to them, they were being monitored. Immediately the neighbours noticed that the suspects had entered into the house, they rushed to call the leader of the vigilance group whose office was not far from the crime scene. He too, alerted other members
and in a twinkle of an eye, the suspected burglars were rounded up.
In an interview, the leader of the Vigilante group Mr.S.A Omotosho, said his office is opposite the crime scene adding that he was on routine patrol of the area when a man and woman ran to him to say that two men had just scaled the fence of a house opposite his office.
Unfortunately for the burglars, they were rounded up as soon as they succeeded in forcing their way into the building to commence their nefarious activities.
According to Mr. Omotoso: “So I quickly, called my boys, we went to the house and noticed that
the gate was under lock and key; which invariably means that the owners of the house were not around. I called Alhaji who was the owner of the house to quickly come back from wherever he went; that his house was being burgled by thieves. I therefore, told my boys to pass through the fence which the suspects used so that we will not alert them. When we got into the compound, we
found out that the thieves used the ceiling to get into the building because the door to the building was padlocked too. I instructed two of my boys to pass through the ceiling to get the boys. When my boys got into the building, they discovered that the thieves were ransacking all the properties for valuables and anything they could steal. Upon noticing that their games were up, they quickly surrendered. When Alhaji came back he was very happy and was full of appreciation. As at the time of filing this report.”
The two suspects are now in police custody.