At least 20 touts have been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing phones and other valuables at Eagle Square, the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party’s convention.
Policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said that almost 50 phones suspected to have been stolen have been recovered.
A policeman who identified himself simply as Sunday said, A large number of youths just came here to steal.
We have a temporary holding room here where we have detained about 20 touts. In fact there is no space anymore.
We’ve been able to return some of the phones to their rightful owners. Some of the phones are IPhones.
Most of the robberies take place at the gate. The touts make sure there is confusion at the entrance and cause commotion, using the opportunity to dip their hands into people’s pockets.