ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”FOUR armed robbery suspects,Â who allegedly snatched a Prado Jeep from the owner at the Lekki area of Lagos, were yesterday handed over to the Anambra State Police Command by the Commander of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Brigadier-General Joseph Osuji, after they were intercepted at the popular Oguta Road area of Onitsha.
The recovered vehicle was also handed over to the police.Â
The names of the suspects were given as Victor Joseph, Ogochukwu Okere, Linda Samuel and Peter Ibeneme, who was said to be their Onitsha-based friend, who they had invited to join them at a fast food joint in Onitsha.
Handing over the suspects to the Onitsha Area Cmmander, Mr John Nwele, who represented the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha, Brig-General Osuji said that the suspects drove the vehicle from Lagos to Onitsha and were apprehended, while cooling off at the fast food joint.
According to the Army General, the male suspects and the girl, Lynda,Â a former house maid to their victim, had at about 2.15am onÂ January 6 broke into the house of their victim in Lagos, after allegedly hitting the security man on duty with an iron, took the car and drove same to Onitsha.
â€œThe army patrol team was acting on an intelligence report we received from Lagos, that the Prado Jeep 2008 model withÂ number plate, RG 996 AAA was stolen from the premises of an un-named residence in Lekki Area of Lagos State at the early hours ofÂ January 6, at about 2.15 a.m. after the robbers had broken into the compound with cutters and disarmed the security man in the compound.
â€œWe got information that the vehicle was tracked down at about 3.30 p.m. to Ore in Ondo State with its mobile tracker and later to a fast food joint at Oguta Road,Â opposite a filling station.Â We now sent our army patrol team, just as the police sent its own team, but we got to the venue earlier before the police arrived.Â The occupants of the vehicle were immediately arrested,â€ he said.