We easily raided LASTMA office because the security men are always asleep —Vandal

Twenty-four-year-OLD Hakeem Fatai has narrated how he and another member  of his two-man gang stole batteries of vehicles impounded by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

More than 20 batteries removed from impounded vehicles of alleged traffic offenders were recovered from the suspect.

The suspect stated that they took advantage of security men at the Ojota office of the traffic agency, who had specific time of abandoning their duty to sleep in the night.

Hakeem was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, who acted on a tip-off by the LASTMA’s management about the missing batteries from their premises,

It was gathered that policemen had laid siege for the suspect and caught him while attempting to remove another battery from an impounded bus.

Hakeem said “yes, I am responsible for the missing batteries. But I didn’t work alone. “Our targeted vehicle was Volkswagen bus, because its batteries can be removed easily without much stress. We don’t usually go for trailer, as its battery is protected with burglary.”

The suspect said he always scaled through the agency’s fence to access the compound and remove the batteries.