Local Car News #Update
The Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State yesterday paraded a group of car snatching syndicate who specialise in snatching vehicles from various locations in Lagos and and hauling them to the northern part of the country, where they are sold at give away prices or dismantled into parts.
Arrested were five suspected members of the syndicate with the recovery of several vehicles suspected to have been stolen at different locations in Lagos and several plate numbers which the suspects used as decoy when moving stolen cars from Lagos to the north were also recovered.
The discovery came as a result of a car theft that took place in Ipakodo Ikorodu after a Toyota Camry (2010) belonging to one Saheed Aminu was discovered missing from where it was parked on Awolowo road, Ikorodu, last year.
This triggered the involvement of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS who performed thorough investigation regarding the issue. They however traced the stolen Camry to an auto mechanic workshop at Ipakodo where one Opeyemi Ogundokun was arrested.
His confession led the detectives to Rigassa, a town in Kaduna State, where two suspects: Qudus Abdulkareem, (42) and Abdulwaheed Abdulkareem, (28)were arrested. In addition, 118 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, English pistol, one hand grenade and military accoutrements were recovered.
Imohimuli Edgal, RSARS Command boss said:
“The syndicate’s job was to either steal cars from where they are parked or snatched at gunpoint from their owners. They will refurbish it at Opeyemi’s workshop before moving them to the north, where they are sold.
The suspects confessed that they reside in Kaduna, but come to Lagos to snatch vehicles.