They wore smiles on their faces and shared their distressing experiences in regards to the wave of theft of their neighborhood.
However much more sobering is the confession of Yakubu, one of many three thieves arrested on Tuesday night time at about 3.30 am. He shocked his captors when he confessed that he was born a thief. A former safety guard in a single Malam Gambo retailers at Tumfure Market, he admitted:
“I don’t why or how I turned a mugger. All I do know is that I used to be born a thief. My mom had made a number of efforts to cease me from stealing. She even reached out to some non secular shops and wherever she might get me assist. But I grew as much as be a thief.
“I don’t want arms to interrupt into any home. I watch for Muslims to exit for prayers earlier than going into their homes. I take advantage of something at my disposal to interrupt homes and their locks.”
He revealed he had a buyer, who served as off-taker of no matter he stole or made out of an operation, including that he stole cash, telephones and different valuables:
“Alhaji Bala is the man I always selling phones that we stole to. He has a phone shop in Gombe Old Market. He gave us a deal of between N10,000 and N15,000 for a phone worth N30,000 to N40,000. We spent almost all the money on smoking, drinking and drugs.”