One Abdul Rasheed Usman was apprehended by operatives of the Niger State Police Command for burgling a house in Minna, the state capital.

The 18-year-old suspect was found with electronics gadgets like an LG plasma television, one ceiling fan, one Go TV decoder, two remote control sets and extension cable all valued at N88,000.

Usman was said to have broken into a home at 19 Military Cantonment, 31 Artillery Brigade, Minna. As a source said, Usman is unemployed and instead works with a gang that specialises in breaking into people’s houses and shops with the stolen items usually sold at give-away prices.

Usman said, “We break into people’s homes after they must have gone to work and steal their valuables which we sell at giveaway prices.

“At times, we sold it to people who trade in stolen properties,” he explained.

Usman explained that “I have not been doing anything since I was born; my parents did not send me to school.

“In fact, they abandoned me and that was why I found myself breaking into houses. That is the only thing I can do to survive now.”

He also claimed that “I cannot say I regret my action because my parents did not give me home training. I’m just like a street boy trying to survive.”

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the arrest, saying operatives recovered from the suspect one LG plasma television, ceiling fan, one GoTV decoder, two remote control and extension cable all valued N88,000.

He said the command had concluded investigations and charged the matter to court.

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