When one wants to make excess gain in a transaction, he will surely fall into trouble.

This is the case of Mr Paul Offia, a resident of Bayelsa State who is now in police custody for buying a laptop 5,000 Naira, with an intention to resell it.

Mr Offia is a phone merchant, but people claimed he was a specialist in buying stolen goods at Tombia GSM Village a popular place within the state's capital, Yenagoa. 

Tombia GSM Village is located at Etegwe community after the bridge which demarcated the market from the town.

Several men especially youths buy, sell and repair all types of mobile phones for their customers in the location.

Everything was going fine at the market before men of Bayelsa Vigilante Service came to the location. It was noisy at the time, with different transport companies wooing customers through their loud speakers positioned at strategic positions within the vicinity.

Men and young girls stood at the entrance of the shops and enquired from passers-by if they want to buy phones or sell used ones.

While these activities go on, the vigilante men led by their Chairman, Mr Parkins Ogede, caused panic in the already rowdy environment.

Like a soldier on duty, he led his men into Mr Offia's shop, a native of lkwo in Ebonyi State, but resides in Etegwe community.

They were with a suspected thief, whom they said stole a brand new laptop worth 150,000 Naira and sold it to Mr offia at for 5,000 Naira.  

The vigilante members arrested Mr Offia.

A phone repairer, who would not want his name mentioned, told Bounce News that Mr Paul bought stolen goods weekly.

"He used to give us phones to help him change the cover. 

"I refer people who want to sell products to him," he said.

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Snapping her fingers, a sachet water seller said: "All the bad boys sell stolen goods to him.

"I once discouraged my sister from going to buy phone from his shop."

Phone thieves have continued to steal phones because they have where to sell them.

To help address the trend, the Vigilante Service advised residents to always make proper enquiries and ask for receipts before purchasing goods.

Both buyer and seller have been handed over to the police.

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