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‘I Stole Bridge Railings To Raise Transport Fare Back Home’

Godwin Nwankwo,
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje and Folake Sokoya


Godwin Nwankwo, 23, a suspected vandal said on Tuesday that he stole bridge railings and crash barriers on Ijora Bridge to raise his transport fare back to Enugu State “because life is difficult in Lagos.”

“My plan was to raise some money to enable me relocate to Enugu, where I repair handsets before coming to Lagos. I want to leave Lagos because my life has been meaningless here,” he said.

Nwankwo who was paraded by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command had been caught in the same act and spot three months ago and spent 44 days in days in the police’s detention for the offence.

He was released barely 18 days before he was re-arrested again for vandalising railings at the Ijora Bridge.

“When I was arrested for the first time, I pleaded for leniency and mercies. Now, I had been caught again, I don’t know what to say. All I can say is that it was the devil that pushed me into this act,” he said.

He added that after his release for the first crime that things were very hard and he could not make ends meet, thus he decided to go back to the crime.

“I had to go back to the act of vandalising the bridge when I had nothing on me to cater for my well-beings,” he added.

The suspect said that he sold the stolen railings to two men in Ijora area of the state, one Alhaji Talimu Sanni, 54, who has also been arrested by the RRS for receiving stolen goods and another receiver who is still at large.

Sanni confessed that he collected the items from the suspect, but added that he did not know they were stolen.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmus, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos Command confirmed the arrest.

“We are intensifying our efforts to arrest anybody vandalising Government’s infrastructure across the state. This stride has begun to yield positive results as some of them have been arrested and they are facing prosecution at the moment”, she said.