Car dealer ar­rested for buy­ing stolen car

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Jaiyes­imi

A pop­u­lar car dealer in Kaduna, be­lieved to be the owner of Ur­gent Mo­tors, has been ar­rested by the Mabushi Po­lice Di­vi­sion for buy­ing a Toy­ota Camry 2015 model car val­ued at N11mil­lion.

Po­lice said the car was sus­pected to have been stolen from Kojo Mo­tors Mabushi.

A Mabushi po­lice source told our re­porter that on Mon­day evening, Kojo Mo­tors Ltd, Mabushi Abuja, re­ported that one Ade­tayo Adeni­ran, now at large, went to their com­pany on the pre­tense of buy­ing a Toy­ota Camry 2015 model val­ued at N11mil­lion.

The source said af­ter ne­go­ti­at­ing the price, the sus­pect fraud­u­lently paid in a cheque of N11 mil­lion to Stan­bic IBTC bank in re­spect of the trans­ac­tion to con­vince Kojo Mo­tors to re­lease the car.

Kojo Mo­tors La­gos branch re­ceived an alert that the cheque has been cleared and told Kojo Mo­tors Abuja to re­lease the car.

Our re­porter gath­ered that af­ter col­lect­ing the car from the com­pany, the trans­ac­tion failed as the cheque re­turned un­cleared and the Abuja ac­count of Kojo Mo­tors was not cred­ited with the said amount as they later dis­cov­ered that the ac­count for which the cheque was is­sued was re­dun­dant.

“Mr. Ade­tayo Adeni­ran, who is now on the run, im­me­di­ately took the car to Tofa Mo­tors Kubwa for N6.7 mil­lion but they told him that they don’t have money to buy the car.

“He then con­tacted Ur­gent Mo­tors whose of­fice is in Kaduna to buy the car. Look­ing at how cheap the car was be­ing sold, they paid the money and picked up the car to Kaduna,” the po­lice source ex­plained.

City News learnt that the po­lice used the track­ing sys­tem to trace the car to Kaduna, where it was re­cov­ered and the dealer of Ur­gent Mo­tors ar­rested.

The po­lice said Ur­gent Mo­tors should have known that the car was stolen since it was be­ing sold that cheap, adding that the dealer would be held un­til the man who sold the car to him shows up.

When the Mabushi Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ay­obami Su­ra­judeen was con­tacted, he con­firmed the ar­rest and stated that the case has been trans­ferred to the FCT Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment.

PHOTO: Macjohn Akande

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