Barely one week after two suspected bag snatchers were released from prison custody for allegedly snatching a bag at Cele bus stop in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, they have gone back to the same prison at Kirikiri for allegedly committing the same offence at the same place.
Soon after the die-hard suspects, Emmanuel Asuquo, 22, and Augustine Okonwole, 19, were released from prison, they went back to Cele and continued their business of snatching bags.
They told P.M.NEWS at the Apapa Magistrate’s court where they are facing trial that they have no other business to do and that was why they are ‘hustling’ at Cele.
One week after they were released, they were again arrested after they escaped mob action for snatching a bag containing a Bible and an international passport. The suspects thought the bag contained money.
The bag belongs to Pastor Ngozi Francis who was going for prayer in a church.
Immediately they snatched the bag and the pastor shouted “thief, thief”, they were chased and eventually caught by a mob who wanted to lynch them.
As they were about to be lynched, a police patrol team came to their rescue.
Asuquo and Okonwole were taken to the station and charged to court for theft.
They pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mrs. A.K. Shonubi, granted them bail in the sum of N30, 000 with one surety in like sum.
The were remanded in prison custody pending when they meet their bail conditions.
The matter was adjourned till 18 September, 2012.
When they returned to prison, some of the inmates who knew them started hailing them and welcomed them back.