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Police arrest ex-con for stealing hours after NGO secures release from jail

Police nab ex-convict for stealing hours after an NGO secured his release from prison

Members of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrested an ex-convict on Saturday morning, November 12, a few hours after his release from prison.

The suspect, 23-year-old Yakub Yusuf, was arrested at around 8 a.m. on Saturday after being released after being sentenced to one month in jail for theft at the Lagos State fuel dump, Alausa, Ikeja.

Learning that he was imprisoned because he could not pay a fine which was an option, an NGO facilitated his release by paying the fine on Friday November 11, just ten days after his conviction on November 1, 2022.

Yakub was arrested again after breaking into the premises of the Lagos State Fire Department from where he stole valve covers from an old fire engine being repaired.

The RRS led by CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi has since transferred the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation and prosecution.

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