A barber who is equally into robbery has been arrested for stealing rams, which he planned to sell to Muslim faithful during the just concluded Eid Kabir.
A Muslim too, Ganiyu Ramon (pictured) has a history of snatching Okada (motorcycles) in Lagos, and selling it at Kisi in Irepo Local Government Area of Oyo State. It was said that he had been caught severally, and sentenced to imprisonment.
However, the promises of a quick profits in rams business during Eid Kabir allured the crooked investor and he went about stealing rams and selling them.
The 20-year-old’s new business raised suspicion among people who knew him to be an unrepentant thief and they reported him to the police.
He has been arrested and cooling his heels in Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ibadan where he is currently being investigated.
Ramon, however, denied stealing the rams. He said he bought it from those who stole it.
His word: “I am from Iseyin but I live in Kisi town, Oyo State. I am married with two children. I learnt barbing but I am yet to open a shop for the business. I used to work as driver’s assistant, following trucks to upload and offload goods.
“I did not steal the rams but I bought them from those who stole them because the price was lower than what obtains in the market. I started buying stolen rams this year. I bought them at Olooru village, a remote village in the outskirt of Kwara State.
“I was suspected of stealing the rams because I was once involved in selling stolen motorcycles and I was noted for it. I used to go to Lagos State to bring stolen okada to Kisi. We have some masters who were involved in this. My role then was to help them ride the motorcycle to Kisi and I was usually paid between N2,500 and N3,000.
“As we were doing this, some Islamic clerics noticed our activities and went to report us at the king’s palace. We were summoned to the palace and issued strict warning that we should desist from the criminal act. That was when I started working as a motor boy.
“I conceived an idea that selling stolen rams during this Eid-el-kabir would yield profit to me, so I disclosed my idea to some people I met at Olooru village when I followed a truck there to load farm produce. We exchanged phone numbers, with them promising to call me if they could lay their hands on some.
“When I called them, they asked me to come and they sold three for me at N50,000 each. I gave them the N90,000 I had with me, promising to bring back the balance. I got the N90,000 from selling a motorcycle that I had.”
Ramon admitted that his action was not good and unacceptable before God. “I pray five times daily but I know that what I am doing is wrong. All my actions are not from the depth of my heart. I am not happy about them Walahi. It was because I had nothing to fall back on that I went into crime. My parents are separated. I am determined to return to barbing if I am pardoned by the government.”