A robbery suspect in the custody of the Abia State Police Command, Uche Udoma, has claimed that he went into robbery to raise money to pay his son’s hospital bill.
Udoma, who also claimed to be a car panel beater, said he had not found job to do for a long time, adding that when he needed money to take his son to hospital, there was no option but robbery to raise the money. He confessed to newsmen that, “I’m a car panel beater and I have not done any job for some time now. My son became sick, was hospitalised and I needed some money to pay his bill.
“That was what led me into stealing. I broke into my neighbour’s house and stole her Plasma television, but I was caught in the act and the television set was collected back from me.”
The operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit attached to the Umuahia Central Police Station apprehended Udoma when they responded to a distress call from one Dr Chioma Okoli, whose house was burgled by the suspect at Amakama Housing Estate, Umuahia. Upon his arrest, one Plasma television among other household effects were recovered from him.
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.
He stated that his arrest was in line with the proactive measures introduced by the state police command, which was targeted at catching and arresting criminals in the act.