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14 suspects arrested for stealing public school computers

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmos of the Lagos State Command, on Sunday said that the police had arrested 14 suspected criminals who allegedly stole computers at a public school in Shomolu.

Badmos, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, who spoke with newsmen added that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

She said that items recovered from them include: seven computers accessories, four mini-laptops, a LaserJet scanner, a desktop and a printer, all belonging to the school.

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“The suspects were arrested on Wednesday morning when RRS intelligence team got a lead that one of the suspects was lurking in a gaming shop at 29, Awoseni St., Shomolu.

“On interrogation, the suspect, who turned out to be a buyer of one of the stolen mini-laptops, specifically designed for secondary school pupils, assisted the police in arresting other suspects.

“The lead suspect, a 19-year-old teenager , who claimed to be an athlete, confessed that a 20-year-old phone-repairer staying with him brought the stolen items to his house.

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“Further Investigations by the police revealed that six out of the 14 suspects arrested were directly connected to have burgled the school and stole computers and their accessories.

“Four of the suspects had been released to their relatives, while five others were undergoing investigations for their link to cult activities in Shomolu,’’ Badmos said.

She said that the suspects had been transferred to State CID, Panti-Yaba, for further investigations.

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