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Onitsha traders, Police strike deal on vehicle theft

Onitsha – Leaders of the Old Motor Spare Parts Market, Obosi near Onitsha in Anambra have set up modalities to check the sale of stolen vehicles and motor spare parts at the market.

Chief Obi Idemobi, the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the market, locally called “Ngbuka market’” made this known to newsmen in Obosi near Onithsa in Anambra, yesterday.

Idemobi said the modalities included the collection of photocopies of particulars of any vehicle sold to spare parts dealers in the market for proper documentation.

He said the vehicle to be sold would be photographed with its original owner standing in front of it while the number plate of the vehicle would be shown in the photograph.

The chairman said, “all these are done to prevent the sale of any stolen vehicle to our members here in the market. If any of our members buys an old vehicle, which is under investigation, we can easily assist the police or any law enforcement agents to trace the whereabouts of such stolen vehicle. We have more than 1,000 photographs of old and damaged vehicles sold to our members for some years now.’’

According to him, incidents of bad elements selling stolen vehicles to our members as well as law enforcement agencies combing the market have stopped for sometime.

Idemobi added that “those who brought old or damaged vehicles to sell in the market but refused our modalities had been reported to the police for further investigation.”

He said the market had a rule of not buying new vehicles or dismantling such, except if they had been damaged by accidents.

The chairman said the market’s leadership had succeeded in keeping the market and its environment clean by investing in refuse disposal and sensitisation of its members on the need to maintain a clean environment.


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