The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye has advised companies in the state to properly screen applicants before employing them. The advice followed the recent recovery of a truck by men of the Special Anti robbery Squad(SARS).
The truck, with registration number Lagos LND 182 XB loaded with Nestle PLC products worth eleven million, five hundred thousand naira only (11.5m) was recovered at Ijoga Orile Ogun State from two suspects who actually stole and diverted the goods meant for a customer in Abuja towards the area in Ogun State.
While speaking on the incident, the spokesman of the Command, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi stated that the suspects had loaded the truck with the goods meant for a customer in Abuja before the duo planned to divert it to another place for sale. Adejobi said “when the police detectives heard of the plan due to our intelligence gathering, they quickly keyed into the arrangement and a detective from SARS Ogun State entered into negotiation with the suspects, through the help of an informant. The suspects agreed to sell the goods for three million naira only to the potential buyer (the police man) before they were eventually arrested at Ijoga Orile”.
The suspects are Idowu Jimoh,42,of Kokale Coca Cola Area of Otta Ogun State,the driver of the truck who hails from Epe in Lagos State and Emeka Godwin,21,of same address, the motor boy who hails from Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Investigations revealed that Idowu, the truck driver had worked in a company in Otta before he was sacked for a similar offense of stealing and diverting a truck loaded with some chemical products. He is married with two children, and has built a house from his illicit deals.
Adejobi also made it known that” Idowu had tactically removed the tracker fixed on the truck before he even left the company for Abuja as scheduled so that the company would not be able to track the movement of the truck”.
The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has directed the Officer In Charge SARS Ogun to carry out a thorough investigation of the matter to get others involved or connected with the crime before the matter is charged to court.
The Commissioner has also advised companies to always screen those they employ to avert cases like this; and make sure they install sophisticated trackers on their vehicles unlike the type fixed on this truck in question that was removed by the driver before he even embarked on the trip to Abuja from the company in Otta.