Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A suspect who identified himself as Melvin Iviede after he was arrested by Diobu Vigilante Volunteer Group (DVVG) for stealing phones at Ojoto street mile 2 Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital said he ventured into stealing due to the economic hardship of the country.
Melvin who pleaded with the Vigilante men to forgive him before he was handed over to Mile 1 Police Station revealed that he was not alone in the business of stealing cell phone in Port Harcourt.
He said without hardship he wouldn’t have gone into stealing, adding that he accepted the risk of stealing in his life when he discovered that he can hardly afford what to eat on daily basis.
The suspect who hails from Kalabari in Degema Local government area of Rivers State said he has nobody to assist him in life, stressing that instead him to die in hunger he decided to join other gangs who specialize in cell phone’s stealing to earn a living.
Speaking yesterday after the suspect was handed over to the police, the Chairman of the Diobu Vigilante Volunteer Group, Mr Victor Ohaji said the suspect is one of the notorious criminals disturbing the residents of Diobu in Port Harcourt
Ohaji said: “The suspect was arrested by my men after breaking into a dry-cleaner shop at no. 15 Ojoto, mile 2 Port Harcourt. He stole three phones he saw inside the shop and other valuable items in his possession.
“We have handed him over to the police, we are pleading with the residents of Port Harcourt to be vigilant and report any suspected criminals to the police or to the DVVG Chief Security officers of each street in Diobu.”