By By Evelyn Usman, Austine Anozie, Nnenna Nwezi & Chioma Nwafor
Operatives at the Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have smashed a five-man robbery gang which specialised in snatching cars and selling same at give away prices within and outside the country.
Recovered from the suspected robbery gang were 10 exotic cars valued over N50 million, suspected to have been stolen at various times.
This is just as the squad also arrested another five-man gang which specialised in removing vehicles from where they are packed. One of the suspects confessed to be a Muslim cleric who usually pray for the success of members of the gang.
Parading the suspects before newsmen yesterday at the commandâ€™s headquarters, Ikeja, the commandâ€™s spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, said the operation that led to their arrest began two weeks ago, following an information received at SARS.
The operatives, he said, stormed one of the suspectsâ€™ abode in Ketu where one Mike was arrested and his confessional statement led to the arrest of other members, one of whom was said to be a major receiverÂ in Calabar, Cross River State.
Explaining, Mba said: â€œDuring preliminary investigation, one of them, Jeremiah Samuel, who claims to be a car dealer, said he refused to buy one of the cars brought to him, a Honda Accord, because it had its number plate inscribed on the vehicle.
â€œThis goes to show how important it is for Nigerians to inscribe their vehicles registration numbers on their cars. There is, therefore, need for owners of such cars to go the extra miles in providing security gadgets in their vehicles,â€ he said.
Among the other five-man gang which also specialised in removing vehicles from where they were parked, was a Muslim cleric who confessed to be assisting the gang members in prayers, for successful endeavour.
But the cleric who identified himself as Hammed Isa, claimed he was initially oblivious of the gangâ€™s illicit business.