Rider Absconds With Owner’s ‘Maruwa’, Arrested After 4 Months

The Operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, a unit of the
Lagos Police Command have arrested a tricycle rider otherwise known as
‘Keke Maruwa’ after stealing the tricycle over four months ago.

The suspect, Tosin Abolaji, 25-year-old, was arrested in Ikeja, where he was using the stolen ‘keke’ for transport business.

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The ‘Keke’ was given to him by one Emmanuel sometimes in April 2019 to enable him to raise some funds to cater for his family.

According
to sources close to both parties, ‘Keke’ operators always engage
themselves in shift ride, where a rider after working for hours and wish
to rest, would hand over his ‘Keke’ to another rider on agreed time to
return the keke back to the owner.

The suspect, Tosin had told
Emmanuel that he was hungry and needed to work with Emmanuel’s keke for
few hours. Unknown to Emmanuel who thought he was helping, Tosin had an
ulterior motive of stealing the newly bought ‘Keke’.

Emmanuel,
narrating his ordeal after the ‘Keke’ was recovered by police, stated
that he got the tricycle on hired purchase from a micro-finance bank
before it was stolen by his friend.

“I was arrested by the bank
after I could not meet up with the return payment plan agreement I had
with the bank. I begged the bank to please allow me to talk to my
colleagues who can assist me in getting a Keke which I can be riding to
pay back the debt while I continue to search every nooks and cranny”,
Emmanuel said.

“I have searched almost the whole of Lagos
tricycle garages for my ‘Keke’, begged all other friends in the
neighbourhood maybe they can help me with Tosin’s whereabout but I was
told he had cut contact with everybody in the area after the incident.

It
was during the search that I learnt Tosin was a thief as colleagues who
knew him well also shared their experiences about him, collecting
colleagues’ ‘Keke’ and absconding with it for days without the knowledge
of the owners”.

He added, “after four months of rigorous search
for my ‘Keke’, a good Samaritan who saw Tosin around Ikeja hinted me. I
quickly alerted the police and they arrested him and recovered my
tricycle”.

Sources said that after the recovery, it was
discovered Tosin had changed so many things in the ‘keke’ making it
difficult for the owner to recognize his tricycle. They added that so
many stickers had been pasted on the tricycle to make it unrecognisable.

According
to the PPRO, DSP Bala Elkanah, incident like this can be mitigated by
commercial riders in the State if only they can desist from exchanging
their valuable means of transportation with their colleagues who might
not share the same interest with them.

He also advises them to be law-abiding while doing their daily business.

The case has been transferred to the ‘AREA G’ Police command where the matter was earlier reported for further investigations.

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