He said: “Unfortunately for me, one of those living in the house met me there but I told a lie that it was a boy who came there to steal.”
He said further: “I have broken into four houses in the last two days before I was caught today (Thursday).”
Musibau, one of the sons of Mr Hassan Fatai, whose house was burgled, said: “The boy ran to the backyard when he heard footsteps. We met all doors ajar and saw him at the backyard. When asked about who went into the house, he said it was a boy. He said he knew the boy and took us somewhere but we found nobody. He told us again that he knew where the boy kept the flask in which he put the rice he cooked. He took us there and brought out the flask.
“He promised to bring the boy to us if he sees him. We became suspicious that he must know something about the house-breaking and stealing. We told him that we suspected him and would report him to the police.
“That was how he started confessing that he was the one who broke in.”
The vigilante commandant of Oluyole Local Government, Olusegun Idowu, told the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper that he and his men had been in search of the boy’s father, Ahmed Rasheed, said to a commercial motorcycle operator.
When he was told of his son’s misdemeanour, Rasheed was said to have signed an undertaking to take him away from the community, and also agreed that the law should take its course if refuses to take care of his son or if he comes back to the community to steal again.
The victims said that they decided not to report him to the police because of his age and also because they didn’t want to spend money and time pursuing the case with the police.