Police from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Apata, Ibadan, have arrested about seven boys at Dogo area of Apata, Ibadan in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo state for stealing 47 bags of cement from a truck.
The arrested boys reportedly stole the cement on Wednesday night when they were contracted to assist in evacuating bags of cement from the truck, which veered off the road and tumbled, The Nation reports.
The truck had tumbled during a heavy down pour at about 11.00 p.m on Wednesday, prompting the driver to beg the boys to assist him evacuate the bags of cement, in order to prevent them from being soaked by the rain.
The boys agreed to render the assistance, but insisted that they should be paid, a demand which the driver acceded to.
In order to have a record for the money he would pay to the boys, the driver reportedly asked them to write down their names in a sheet of paper, which he said would be presented as evidence for the payment when he gets back to the company.
The boys put down their names and immediately offloaded the bags of cement, after which they were paid the sum of N30,000 by the truck driver, as agreed upon.
However, when the truck was pulled back on its track on Thursday morning, and the bags of cements were to be loaded again, the driver discovered that 47 bags were missing.
He promptly went to report the matter to the police at the Apata Divisional Police Station, and the police asked him if he had the identities of the boys that helped him to evacuate the bags of cement the previous night.
The truck driver handed over the list in which the boys wrote their names in to the police, and that led to the arrest of the boys.
A police source who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said the boys would be charged to court.