Suspected Lagos pickpocket escapes lynching

A suspected pickpocket on Friday escaped lynching after he was caught trying to steal a woman’s phone at Secretariat Bus Stop in the Alausa area of Lagos State.

Our correspondent, who was at the bus stop at the time of the incident, heard the woman raise the alarm after she saw the suspect pulling the phone with his hand out of her handbag.

A mob immediately descended on the suspect with sticks and fists as the pickpocket was covered in blood while he pleaded for his life.

Some officers of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps and a policeman later arrived at the scene and tried to calm the situation to no avail.

The woman, who did not identify herself, said the suspect stood behind her while she was waiting to board a commercial bus.

“I sensed that my handbag was moving awkwardly. When I looked back, I saw my phone already in his hand. I tried to grab it from him but I wasn’t strong enough, so I called for help,” she said.

The suspect was later taken in a tricycle to a police station.

A commuter at the bus stop, Bolaji Akinwumi, while narrating a similar experience, told our correspondent how money was withdrawn from his bank accounts after his phone was stolen at the Ikeja under bridge.

“It happened late in the evening. I discovered that my phone was missing as soon as I settled inside a bus after rushing in along with other passengers. I thought that was all I would suffer until I went to the ATM some days later and discovered that I had no money left in the two bank accounts I was operating,” he said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.

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