Just 10 days after release from prison, an ex-convict, Yakub Yusuf, has been arrested for breaking into the premises of the Lagos State Fire Service, LASG, to steal the valve cover of old fire trucks under repair in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Thursday, said Yakub was arrested 10 days after a nongovernmental organization facilitated his release from prison by paying the fine.
He added that operatives of Rapid Response Squad arrested the ex-convict on Saturday morning hours after he was released from prison, adding that he had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.
Hundeyin said, “The suspect, Yakub Yusuf, 23, was arrested around 8am on Saturday after regaining freedom following his one-month prison sentence for stealing at Lagos State fuel dump, Alausa, Ikeja.
“Learning that he was imprisoned because he could not pay a fine, which was an option, an NGO facilitated his release by paying the fine on Friday, November 11, just 10 days after his conviction on November 1, 2022.
“Yakub was arrested again after breaking into the Lagos State Fire Service premises from where he stole valve covers of old fire trucks under repairs. The CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi-led RRS has since transferred the suspect to the SCID for further investigation and prosecution.”
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that the Lagos State Fire Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for Lagos State.
Established in 1972 by the Lagos State Law Cap.42 of 1972, it is primarily tasked with managing fire emergencies in Lagos State. The service is responsible for fire protection and community safety among residents and visitors across the state.
The Lagos State Fire Service was established on August 31, 1972, with an Expatriate Chief Fire Officer, Sir Allan Flemming, as the first Chief Fire Officer with a three-man crew.
In 2021, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu appointed Mrs Margaret Adeseye, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service.
The Lagos State Fire Service employs 553 operational personnel, including 9 non-uniformed personnel in various fields.