By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan .
No fewer than seven suspects are now in police net for allegedly stealing 47 bags of cement from a truck at Dogo area of Apata, in Ibadan
New Nigerian gathered that the suspects were arrested at the weekend by men of the Oyo State Police Command from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Apata, Ibadan.
The arrested suspects (all male ), were said to have stolen the 47 bags of cement on Wednesday night when they were contracted to assist in evacuating bags of cement from the truck, which veered off the road and tumbled during a heavy down pour at about 11.00p.m on that day.
It was learnt that following the accident, the driver of the truck solicited the assistance of the seven boys in evacuating the bags of the cement in the truck to safe place to prevent the bags of cement from being soaked with water from the heavy downpour.
Sources said the boys agreed to assist the driver but insisted that they should be paid on completion of the job with the driver agreeing to pay them as well.
Suspecting a foul play while negotiating with the seven boys, the driver reportedly tricked them into writing down their names and address for him to have a record to enable him process the money for their payment the following day.
Sources said the boys quickly put down their names and as well offloaded the bags of cement, after which they were paid the sum of N30,000 by the truck driver, as agreed upon.
Trouble started the following morning, (Thursday) when the truck was pulled back on its track and the bags of cements were to be loaded again when the driver of the truck discovered that 47 bags of cement were missing and he quickly rushed to the nearby Apata Divisional Police Station to report.
Upon interrogation by the police, the driver was asked if he had the identities of the boys that helped him to evacuate the bags of cement the previous night and the driver immediately handed over the list in which the boys wrote their names in to the police .
The seven boys were subsequently arrested by the police for further interrogation.
Contacted, the Oyo state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu said he was yet to be briefed but promised to confirm and get back to our Correspondent.