Why I prefer stealing from churches – Robbery suspect

LAGOS— Anti-robbery policemen attached to
Oko-Oba division have arrested a 32-year-old
man who allegedly specialised in bugling
churches around Oko-Oba area of Lagos.
The suspect identified as Sannu Umaru was
reportedly caught in the act inside one of the
Pentecostal churches in Oko-Oba, weekend.
Umaru who claimed to be  son of a retired
army personnel, told policemen during
interrogation that he preferred stealing from
churches because of the security lapses.
Preliminary investigation, according to police
sources, revealed that Umaru was allegedly
involved in some robbery incidents in churches
around the area. Before his arrest, he allegedly
bugled a church where he made away with
some musical instruments.
According to Police sources, “on that fateful
night, he scaled the fence of the church and
went to where the musical instruments were.
As he was about carrying the piano valued
close to half a million naira, one of the
instruments fell down and attracted the night
guards who went for him.
“He jumped through the fence with one of the
instruments he stole. But he was apprehended
by residents of the area who were alerted by
the the guards and was brought  to the station.
He was found to have also burgled another
church within the week.”
In his confessional statement, Umaru blamed
his indulgence on frustration, saying: “I was
tempted to steal because of the death of my
father. After his death, I went into scavenging
but did not succeed. I chose to bugle churches
because it is easier than any other place.
“Aside this, I do not need to be armed. I was
scared of carrying arms and did not want to
spill blood. That is why I considered stealing in
churches as a gentleman’s way.
“What I do is, anytime I go there, I would
search the offering boxes. At times I would
find money inside, while at other times I would
“At Saint Barnabas Church, I did not find any
money inside the offering box. So, I decided to
steal their music instrument.”
Police sources said Umaru had been charged
to court.

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