The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps says it has arrested three persons who allegedly specialise in stealing phones and other valuables from commercial tricycle passengers in Maiduguri.
The State Commandant of the Corps, Abdullahi Ibrahim, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Thursday.
Ibrahim said the suspects were arrested by men of the command on January 20 at Tasha Bama area of Maiduguri after they allegedly stole several phones from their victims.
He said the suspects allegedly connived with tricycle operators under the pretext that they are passengers to snatch valuables of passengers.
He said a passenger had raised an alarm when he discovered that his phone was missing after he alighted from a tricycle he boarded on his way home.
Ibrahim said: “The victim immediately informed personnel of the command who chased the fleeing suspects and apprehended them.
“Two phones and a tricycle were recovered from the suspects.
“The command had recorded an unprecedented increase of criminal cases perpetrated by criminals on tricycles.
“In some cases, they station in strategic places like banks, shopping malls and recreational centres to snatch passengers’ money.”
Ibrahim said the command had intensified patrol in conjunction with other relevant agencies to clamp down on all forms of anti-social behaviour in the society.
He urged residents of Borno State to be wary of criminal elements and avoid boarding tricycles without number plates, especially in the night.