Bayelsa State held it's first monthly Environmental Sanitation exercise on Saturday, January 26, but the exercise did not just end with sweeping the streets of dirt.

The police swept out a suspected phone thieve with over 10 phones and the story he told about the phones was a suspicious one. 

A team of officials from the Minister of Environment led by Drilling Director, Mr Pereowei Eguruze, drove round some major roads and markets to ascertain the level of compliance from residents of the areas.

Despite the awareness created by the Sanitation Authority before last Saturday of the month, from Tombia community through Okutukutu to Opolo, several defaulters were arrested.

At Kpansia, while some residents were seen cleaning their gutters, youths played football at the Primary school field.

It is a usual scene during sanitation days, but that was not a distraction for the team.

Determined to ascertain the level of cleanliness from other residents of the state, the team accompanied by some security agents, moved further to Swali market.

Some traders, who opened for business, were arrested.

In a bid to sanitise the state of waste product, the team with the help of some security agents, apprehended a 21-year-old thief, who was returning from where he had gone for operation.

At the Sanitation court, his bag was searched and 10 android mobile phones were recovered. This was so astonishing for everywhere that saw it, a Bounce News correspondent with the team reported. 

A suspected mobile phone thieve caught in Bayelsa

The young man who wore a red Polo shirt and black trouser, identified himself as Abraham Andrew, a native of Ogbebiri community in Southern ljaw Local Government Area of the state. He insisted that the phones belonged to his brother.

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"Fire burnt my eldest brother so, we are looking for money everywhere to pay his hospital bill," he narrated.

According to him, the hospital had charged over 200,000 Naira for his brother's treatment.

"My brother gave me the phones to go and sell and l was caught while looking for buyers.

"My father is a school principal" he confessed.

Andrew was arrested and handed over to police officers at the office of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.

Some of the phones, with SIM cards were turned on to ensure the owners could reach them should they try.

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