In the early hours of Wednesday, an unemployed graduate was apprehended by the police for allegedly stealing car parts in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The suspect, identified as Ken Chima, a 29-year-old graduate of mechanical engineering, was caught red-handed by local security operatives while attempting to dismantle a car parked along Oguta Road.

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According to eyewitnesses, suspicious activities around the vehicle drew the attention of a neighborhood watch group, who immediately alerted the police.

Upon their arrival, law enforcement officers found Chima in possession of various car parts, including a battery, headlights, and side mirrors.

During the preliminary investigation, Chima confessed to the crime, citing financial difficulties and prolonged unemployment as his motivation.

“I have been searching for a job for over a year without success. I resorted to this out of desperation,” he told the police.

The Onitsha Police Command’s spokesperson, confirmed the arrest, stating that the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of the investigation.

This incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by many graduates in Nigeria, who, despite their qualifications, struggle to find gainful employment.

Local authorities and community leaders have called for increased efforts to address the unemployment crisis and provide support to the youth to prevent them from resorting to criminal activities.

Ken Chima remains in police custody and will face charges of theft and malicious damage to property.