A 27-year-old beggar, Bashir Adamu on Tuesday was arrested for allegedly assaulting motorists and snatching phones and handbags in Abuja.
The suspect confessed that he operated on Fridays during Juma’at prayers.
He disclosed that his targets were expatriates who worship at the National Mosque, Abuja.
According to police, the suspect had been arraigned and granted bail for snatching a phone at the mosque before he was re-arrested for the same offence.
Adamu, who admitted that he was just released on bail, said , “I only target Oyinbo people (expatriates) who come to the National Mosque to pray on Fridays.
“Sometimes, they give alms and while they are doing that, I steal their phones or bags from their car and run. I use the money to feed.”
Other suspects arrested with him are, Alex Chidubem, 30, who was arrested after allegedly stabbing a technician, Yusuf Awala, from whom he had allegedly stolen a phone, and Ibrahim Mohammed, 22, who revealed that he had stolen two phones and had been arrested three times for the same crime.
The FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah paraded the suspects.
Manzah said the suspects would be arraigned in court at the end of investigations