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OGUN: 17-year-old boy locks in parents, steals car, other items

A 17-year-old boy known only as Ayomiposi Esan is accused of stealing three mobile phones, two generator sets, a sound system, and a Toyota Corolla car from his parents, Oluwafemi and Tosin.

The child fled with the items after locking his parents inside the house in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area, Ogun State.

The suspect broke into the house in the middle of the night on September 3, 2023, while the couple was sleeping in the apartment.

According to a source in the neighbourhood who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for the family, it took a collaborative effort by other tenants to release the parents from the flat after their son fled the scene with the stolen belongings.

After the victims reported the crime to the Ogijo Divisional Police Station, a Superintendent of Police, Awode Olatunde, led his men on a rapid pursuit of the suspect, which resulted in his arrest in Lagos while he (Ayomiposi) was hunting for buyers for the stolen items.

The source said, “The boy had successfully sold one generator set he stole. The father is preventing the police from prosecuting the son after his arrest. The police wanted the boy to be prosecuted for his action, but the parents said they wanted him to be released along with the stolen items.”

Speaking on the matter, the state Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Wednesday, said the force intended to prosecute the boy but could not do so since the parents had opposed it.

Odutola said, “The course of the investigation was truncated by the complainant, who was equally the biological father of the suspect, as he vehemently declined prosecution of his son, one Ayomiposi Esan. He wanted his son and the recovered stolen goods, including the car, released.

“In the spirit of community policing and taking into consideration the image of the force so that police will not be seen as being too harsh on him and his family, the teenage son was consequently released with his property on bond.

“However, the son was counselled, cautioned, and advised to turn a new leaf and shun further indulgence in all forms of delinquency to avoid future occurrences.”

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