The Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested some individuals that specialised in snatching cars from Lagos, Nigeria and taking them to the Northern part of the country. The thieves confessed that they dismantle the stolen vehicles in Kaduna and sell it in parts or sell the car at a much reduced cost.
Five suspects were arrested with several vehicles were recovered from the Lagos workshop of the gang. The Lagos police Command also found several plate numbers that the culprits are suspected to use as decoy when moving the stolen cars from Lagos to the north. Also, the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police recovered one hundred and eighteen rounds of AK 47 ammunition, English pistol, one hand grenade and military accoutrements from the gang hideout. The car thieves stole a Toyota Camry Saloon car with plate number ER 468 KRD, a property of one Saheed Aminu in Awolowo road, Ikorodu.
According to the boss of the Lagos State command of the Nigerian police force, Imohimuli Edgali, detectives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS in Ipakodo reportedly traced the stolen Camry to the auto mechanic workshop at Ipakodo where one Opeyemi Ogundokun was arrested. He then led the policemen to Rigasa, Kaduna where two other suspects, Qudus Abdulkareem, Abdulwaheed Abdulkareem were arrested.
He said: “The syndicate’s job was to either steal cars from where they are parked or snatched at gun point from their owners. They will refurbish it at Opeyemi’s workshop before moving them to the north, where they are sold.”
“The arrest of the duo in Kaduna, led the detectives to one Sehu Shittu, 42, Nurudeen Abdulrahman, 38, and Musiliu Abdulwahab, 40, who were identified as receivers of all cars stolen by the gang from Lagos. “The suspects confessed that they reside in Kaduna, but come to Lagos to snatch vehicles,” he concluded.