Two armed robbery suspects arrested by the Department of State Service in Anambra State, Uche Ezeugo and Somadina, have attributed their actions to the current hard times in the country.
Ezeugo said he was forced into the act to enable him give his late father a befitting burial.
He said, “I’m not a natural thief. It’s this Buhari hard condition that led me into this temptation.”
They were arrested for allegedly stealing some laptops.
Somadina, on his part, blamed his action on hunger and starvation.
The two, in their twenties, from Aguluezechukwu in Aguata council area of the state, were apprehended by the DSS at Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.
While confessing to the crime, the suspects said it was their first time of involving themselves in the act.
They pleaded for leniency, promising not to indulge in such acts again.
But the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sam Okaula, who confirmed the arrest of the two suspects, lauded the efforts of the men of DSS.
He said the collaboration between the police and other security agencies had helped in reducing crime in the state.
Okaula said the laptops had been disposed by the suspects before they were arrested.
The CP said two pump action guns and one locally made rifle were recovered from the suspects, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
He advised youths to shun crime, noting that every crime must lead to trouble.