The Oyo State Police Command has recovered 18 stolen exotic cars and five motorcycles in an operation that took policemen from the command to the creeks of Rivers State and other creeks in the South-South area of Nigeria.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Leye Oyebade, on Wednesday, while parading suspects arrested in connection with the crime, as well as the receivers of the stolen goods, that crime pattern had assumed a new dimension, adding that it required special policing.
He explained that apart from robbing with sophisticated guns, the robbers that were arrested also devised ways of stealing cars with specially-made keys irrespective of the brand of the cars and installed anti-theft device.
He said, “A gang of criminals that specialised in stealing expensive cars was arrested by the Anti-Robbery Squad of the command. The gang had remained evasive until now when the arrest of the members was made possible following credible intelligence received on their activities.
“On February 2, 2016, one of the members, Oludele Fatunola, was arrested in the Omi-Adio area of Ibadan. A Toyota RAV4 and a Toyota Camry were recovered from him. During interrogation, he named his accomplices in Ogun and Rivers states. They were arrested on March 9, 2016.”
The arrested accomplices are Ojo Adegboyega, 52; Adedeji Idowu, 52; Taiwo Olofin, 42; Muftau Mustapha, 50; Bright Nmecha, 30; and Henry Dike, 41.
At the end of the operation, Oyebade said additional 14 cars were recovered from the gang.
The police commissioner warned that anyone who wanted to buy a used car should check the authenticity of the car from the police record and be wary of buying at ridiculously cheap price.
One of the arrested robbers, Idowu, said he specialised in finding buyers for stolen cars and that he had disposed seven in the past two months.
He added that the RAV4 with number plate, AGL 565 DL, was to be sold at N170,000, but he got an Alhaji (Mustapha) who was ready to pay N200,000. He said he was aware that the vehicles were stolen.
Mustapha said he had bought nine vehicles from Idowu and that the RAV4 was going to be the 10th vehicle before they were arrested by the police.