A 32-year-old mother of two, Blessing Felix, who was paraded with some robbery suspects at Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, has said she regretted marrying a thief.
The woman explained that she was arrested along with other criminals because her husband brought to their matrimonial home rolls of armoured cables worth over N80 million.
Recounting how she was arrested, she said: “I was at home last Tuesday when some men came to our house at Shibiri, in Ojo, demanding to see my husband, Felix Onyema.
“I requested to know who they were because my husband was away. They just said they were his business partners. It was later that I got to know that they were policemen.
“During a search of the compound, they saw the drums of cable. They demanded to know the owner. I told them it belonged to my husband. When they could not get through to my husband, they said I will have to follow them to the station.
“Since then, all efforts made to get my husband to come have proved abortive. The police said they are detaining me because he kept the stolen cable in my custody,” she added.
Blessing was paraded with eight other members of the syndicate that specialised in selling stolen communication equipment.
Briefing newsmen on Friday on the arrest, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in charge of Zone 2 Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, Mr Bode Adeleke, said the goods stolen were worth about N80 million.
The AIG, who was represented by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Hauwa Idris-Adamu, said the suspects were all traders.
The PPRO said nine suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of optic fibre cables worth about N80 million, and that they were arrested by the zone’s monitoring unit, led by CSP Uba Adams, after intelligence was received on June 20.