The Ogun State Police Command has announced the arrest of some members of a syndicate of car thieves for stealing more than twenty vehicles in Agbado area of Ogun State on 24th August 2014, at Itoki in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to a statement signed on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State by DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the PPRO, “the Anti Robbery team attached to Agbado Division of the Command while on routine patrol within the area came across a Volkswagen car abandoned in a suspicious manner at Itoki area. The police men laid ambush for the perpetrators and eventually arrested one Okechukwu Ebeatu,26, of Gas Line Area Itoki Ogun State, who hails from Anambra State while attempting to move away with the car”.
Adejobi also stated that “the arrest of the first suspect led to the arrest of additional two suspects at different places and time in Ogun state. The other suspects arrested are Odichi Ogbejesi,25, of Apata Area Itoki Ogun State. He hails from Imo State, and Nojimu Afolabi,32, of Alafia Street, Command Road, Ipaja, Lagos, who hails from Ikire, Osun State.
Nojimu Afolabi is one of their receivers who receive and sell these stolen vehicles on their behalf. The manhunt by the police that led to the arrest of the suspects lasted for two weeks”.
The police have recovered eight vehicles from them so far. Efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang and recover other vehicles so far stolen by the syndicate. The syndicate specializes in stealing vehicles from park with master key.
The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye while parading the suspects at his Eleweran office on Friday appreciated the efforts of those members of the public who released information to assist the police men in the course of their investigation. He encouraged car or vehicle owners to always protect their vehicles wherever they are parked and endeavor to procure some security gadgets to secure them.
The Commissioner of Police assured the general public of proper investigation and justice in the matter; and promised that the command will make sure all hands are on deck to have effective policing of Ogun State.