By Evelyn Usman
The Police in Lagos State have smashed a syndicate that specialised in snatching vehicles from the state and taking them to the northern part of the country, where they are either dismantled into parts or sold at give away prices.
The gang’s Lagos workshop where stolen cars were kept was also uncovered in Ipakodo area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
Arrested, were five suspected members of the syndicate with the recovery of several vehicles suspected to have been stolen at different locations in Lagos and several plate numbers which the suspects used as decoy when moving stolen cars from Lagos to the north, were also recovered.
In addition , 118 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, English pistol, one hand grenade and military accoutrements were recovered.
Their arrest as gathered was effected after a Toyota Camry Saloon car with plate number ER 468 KRD, belonging to one Saheed Aminu was stolen from where it was parked in front of a building on Awolowo road, Ikorodu, last November.
Detectives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS in Ipakodo reportedly traced the stolen Camry to the auto mechanic workshop at Ipakodo where one Opeyemi Ogundokun was arrested.
His confessional statement according to the command boss, Imohimuli Edgal, led detectives to Rigassa, a town in Kaduna State, where two suspects: Qudus Abdulkareem, (42) and Abdulwaheed Abdulkareem, (28)were arrested.
Edgal said: “The syndicate’s job was to either steal cars from where they are parked or snatched at gun point from their owners. They will refurbish it at Opeyemi’s workshop before moving them to the north, where they are sold.
“The arrest of the duo in Kaduna, led the detectives to one Sehu Shittu, 42, Nurudeen Abdulrahman, 38, and Musiliu Abdulwahab, 40, who were identified as receivers of all cars stolen by the gang from Lagos.
“The suspects confessed that they reside in Kaduna, but come to Lagos to snatch vehicles.