A 21-year-old member of a suspected neighbourhood armed robbery gang has been apprehended by the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
The suspect, Abdulwasiu Sulaiman was accosted by the Vigilante members of Oke Foma Phase 3 Estate in Ilorin while trying to escape with a generator set he had stolen from one of the houses in the estate.
The gang had been terrorizing residents of Oke Foma Phase 3 Estate in recent times.
A statement by the spokesman of the defence corps, Babawale Afolabi, in Ilorin, said the generator valued at N150,000, belonged to one Moshood Otubu, who resides at Oke Foma Phase 2.
It said Abdulwasiu allegedly scaled the fence of Otubu’s premises to steal the generator.
Babawale, said the suspect has confessed to being a member of a gang that specialises in breaking into people’s houses to steal their valuable items.
The suspect further confessed that his gang was responsible for various housebreaking and burglary cases in recent times.
The spokesman said there had been an increased rate of reports of burglary and housebreaking in recent times in the state capital.
He said ongoing efforts to arrest the situation, in collaboration with vigilante groups, are yielding positive results.