Emmanuel Chinagorom, a robbery suspect in a Delta community, has confessed that the desire to give his mother a befitting burial prompted him to go into crime.
Chinagorom confessed to committing the crime when he was nabbed by members of the Agbor Gh-Ihun Vigilante Group in Agbor, Delta State, Punch Metro reports.
The 24-year-old suspect mainly stole phones and other valuable items in Agbor and its environs.
Members of the community allegedly caught the suspect in the act at a shop in the locality and he was handed over to the vigilante group.
In an interaction with journalists, the Abia State-born suspect claimed to be an electrical technician by trade but went into robbery to help him raise funds to give his late mother, “whose body is lying in the mortuary, a befitting burial as the first son.”
“I enter shops pretending to patronise them but my aim was always to steal valuable items like phones. This is my first time in Agbor before I was caught,” he said.
The suspect also confessed that he worked with a northerner based in Asaba who bought the stolen phones, noting that he opted for stealing as he had no helper to assist him to kickstart life.
Chinagorom while asking for forgiveness acknowledged that his involvement in crime had brought disgrace to him.
Reacting, Comrade Monday Kiyem, the Chairman of Agbor Gha-Ihun Vigilante told newsmen that they “would continue to ensure that Agbor and its environs remain unsafe places for criminals like the apprehended suspect.”
According to the vigilante chairman, during investigation, they discovered several telecommunication SIM cards and phones in the suspect’s possession and that many of his victims who were later called, complained that their phones were stolen at different places.
He said, “Some of the victims who reside in Agbor have come to our office to identify their phones and narrated how the suspect came to their shops pretending to buy an item but ended up stealing their phones.
“I will hand Emmanuel over to the police for further investigation and bring his fleeing gang members to book”.
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