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Police smash car snatching syndicate, arrest 4 suspects

By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected members of a syndicate that specialised in snatching vehicles from Lagos and selling same at give away prices outside the state.

Three vehicles,  two of which were stolen three weeks ago at Lekki area of Lagos, were recovered in Makurdi, Benue State.

Parading the suspects before newsmen Tuesday, the command’s spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, said the syndicate comprised six members, two of whom were still at large.

He said two members of the gang had on May 24, 2010, broken into a residential house at Lekki, where they made away with a Range Rover SUV with number plate HQ 838 AAA and a Honda mini SUV with number plate BU 895 KTU.

According to him, “they made their way successfully out of Lagos to Makurdi and thereafter forged  bill of laden and other documents. The duo of Francis Oke and Abiodun Olabisi drove the vehicles to Makurdi where they met with Philip Oke who accommodated them in a hotel before they got a buyer in Bauchi, one Alhaji Ibrahim Dalabe who is currently on the run.”

Advising drivers, particularly those with exotic cars, to go the extra mile in securing their vehicles, Mba said but for the tracking device system fitted in the recovered vehicles, it would have taken sheer providence to recover them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Marvel Akpoyibo, according to Mba, had ordered the immediate release of the vehicles to the owners, adding that the suspects would be transferred to the command’s Special  Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, for further investigation.


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