Operatives of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Security Outfit have apprehended a notorious thief, Dinikpeke Orufa, who specialised in invading farmlands and illegally harvest produce for sale.
The 23-year-old suspect, who is a native of Polaku community in Yenagoa Local Government area of the State, was apprehended in the popular Tombia area on Monday, August 22, after a failed attempt to sell stolen farm produce.
The State Vigilante boss, Hon. Doubiye Alagba, while handing over the suspect to the Akenfa Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Bayelsa State Command, disclosed that his team had been trailing the suspect since last week, after a female farm owner traced her stolen produce to the popular Tombia market.
“The incident almost caused crisis in the area, but was resolved amicably between the trader and the farmer as the trader paid for the product again and we decided to put our search bim on the suspect. He will dress like a farmer, bring stolen farm produce to the market just to convince his buyers that the products are from his farm,” Alagba said.
“After he succeeded last week, in the early hours of today, he brought stolen potatoes farm product which after our investigation he stole it from a farmland along the igbogene tollgate area of the state. On getting to the market this time, he was quickly identified and was arrested by our operatives stationed at the Tombia roundabout markers area.” he added.