A police officer who had been dismissed from service has been caught stealing motorcycles in the city of Lagos. Luck ran out on a dismissed policeman, Usman Zubairu, when he was apprehended for allegedly stealing motorcycles from unsuspecting riders in Lagos, Punch Metro reports.
It was gathered that the man, who was dismissed from service in 2014, operated under the guise of being an active policeman to deceive his victims.
It was learned that Zubairu met his Waterloo while he was about to play the same trick on a motorcyclist.
One of the victims, Chinda Ayuba, said he agreed to release his motorcycle to Zubairu because he believed that he was a policeman.
“While on our way, he saw two boys and asked me to stop. He asked the boys what happened and they explained that some policemen had seized their motorcycles. He asked the boys to give him N1,000 each in order to assist them to get their motorcycles back. He then collected my motorcycle and asked me to wait with the two boys. I waited till sunset but he did not come back with my motorcycle.”
Another victim, Abdulmalik Isah, said Zubairu identified himself as a mobile policeman and took him to the Maroko Police Station where his motorcycle was stolen.
The 26-year-old stated,
“He told me to wait for him at the station that he wanted to buy something outside. After some time, I decided to come out to check my motorcycle and I could not find it where it was parked. I waited from 2pm till 6pm before I made a report at the police station.”
Isah added that Zubairu was apprehended and handed over to the police when he tried to steal another motorcycle from a rider in his area.
The Adamawa State indigene, however, said he went into stealing as a means of livelihood after he was dismissed from the police force.
The suspect stated,
“I came to Lagos in August 2018 and because I didn’t have a means of livelihood, I started stealing and re-selling motorcycles.
“I have stolen about four motorcycles and I sell the motorcycles to one Yerima at Tin Can, Apapa, Lagos. I only get to see Yerima between 3.30am and 4.30am, because he is always on night duty.”
Zubairu was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on two counts of stealing.
The police prosecutor, Michael Unah, said the offenses contravened Section 280 and were punishable under Section 287(5)(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The charges read, “That you, Usman Zubairu, sometime in September 2018, at Ketu area of Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one Bajaj motorcycle valued at N220,000, the property of one Chinda Ayuba.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. The presiding magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N80,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.
He added that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case till February 18, 2019.