Punch photojournalist drags thief to police station


A suspected thief, Adewunmi Abdullahi, who tried to dispossess a photojournalist of The PUNCH of his belongings on Friday in Lagos, met his waterloo when he was ‘arrested’ by his victim and dragged to a police station.

The photojournalist, Olatunji Obasa, said the suspected crook, connived with another young man to rob him on the pedestrian bridge at Oshodi around 8.30am.

Obasa said he wanted to take photographs of an accident scene when he noticed two men attempting to snatch his belongings from him.

He said, “I looked down from the bridge and saw an accident scene. But as I tried to take a shot, I felt a hand in my pocket. As I tried to check what was happening, I noticed that another hand was unlatching my bag.

“Immediately, I gripped the hand in my pocket and shouted ‘thief, thief.’ The other man trying to unlatch my bag quickly fled. But I held on to the other one and hit him. As I did that, passers-by had gathered and helped to hold him.”

Obasa said he dragged the young man, whose age he put at around 20, down the bridge where a policeman, who had noticed the fray, asked what happened.

He said, “I told him the young man tried to rob me. Everybody around there said there were lots of robbers operating in groups like that in the area. We then took the young man to the Mosafejo Police Division, Oshodi.

“He made a statement there. I think the police would take appropriate action on the issue.”


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