University Graduate Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 20 Bags of Cement from his Place of Work days after being Promoted

Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a 35 year old man, Abiola Hamzat and his accomplice, Adebayo Kazeem, 32, for allegedly stealing 20 bags of cement from a brick making company based in the Agbado area of the state.

Hamzat was arrested by the Policemen after he had successfully stolen the items.

Hamzat, a father of three, stole the 20 bags of cement from the company three days after he was promoted to the position of a supervisor with a financial reward of N215,000 per month.

It was learnt that the suspect, who is a university graduate, committed crime out of greed and lack of contentment.

According to sources within the company, Hamzat, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), started work at the factory as a Contract Security Officer from where he rose to become an operator.

“However, he was formally promoted three days ago to the post of a Supervisor, when the company’s management discovered that he was a university graduate,” the source added.

He was arrested on last Thursday alongside an accomplice after moving 20 bags of cement out of the factory in Agbado area.

In his confessional statement, Hamzat said:

“I masterminded the crime but I only co-opted Adebayo into the plan. Initially, Adebayo discouraged me that it was not possible to steal cement at the company. After so much pressure, he told me to carry the gateman along in order to be successful which I eventually yielded to…. I had an accommodation problem with my family. I was desperately looking for funds to house them. That was what pushed me into it.”

According to sources within the company, Hamzat’s new salary as a Supervisor triples his wage as an operator.

While confirming the arrest, the Spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmus, advised companies operating in the state to be vigilant at all time.

The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Yaba for prosecution.


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