Sus­pected car thieves ar­rested in Benue

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Two men sus­pected to have snatched a Honda El­e­ment car from its owner at gun­point in Makurdi are now help­ing the po­lice with in­for­ma­tion, Daily Trust re­ports.

The po­lice spokesman for the Benue State com­mand, ASP Moses Joel Yamu, who pa­raded the sus­pects in Makurdi, said the men were ap­pre­hended at Ik­pay­ongo in Gwer Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area few hours af­ter the ve­hi­cle was snatched.

Yamu said the sus­pects had cor­nered the driver of the car while he was about to en­ter his com­pound last Sat­ur­day and col­lected the key at gun­point.

The driver of the stolen car, Ta­hav Asen, a law school un­der­grad­u­ate, said the ve­hi­cle be­longed to his elder brother who is a le­gal prac­ti­tioner and that he had re­turned from Wu­rukum Mo­tor Park in Makurdi at 12 mid­night where he went to pick up a guest who had just ar­rived from Jos.

“As I moved to en­ter the gate af­ter it was opened by my neigh­bour, two strange men ac­costed me, they pointed guns at me, also hit the butt of the gun on my nose and snatched the car from me. They locked me up in my house and went away with the car,” he said.

Asen added that the ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered the same night fol­low­ing the prompt ac­tion by the po­lice­men on pa­trol.

But the sus­pects, Ad­aba Christo­pher and Terzu­ru­mun Verashe, de­nied any knowl­edge of the al­le­ga­tion against them.

Christo­pher said he is a farmer and politi­cian, adding that he hired Verashe, a pri­vate taxi op­er­a­tor to take him to Alaide, about an hour drive from Makurdi to en­able him at­tend a friend’s birth­day party.

“It was be­tween 2:00am and 3:00am that we were ar­rested by po­lice at Ik­pay­ongo on our way to Alaide for a friend’s birth­day party. I usu­ally hire Verashe who is op­er­at­ing a pri­vate car ser­vices to take me to wher­ever I wanted to go so I called him that Sat­ur­day mid­night and we took off, only to be ap­pre­hended along the way,” he said.

When asked why he de­cided to make a birth­day trip at that time of the night, Christo­pher, a fa­ther of six chil­dren with one wife, said it was his way of at­tend­ing par­ties.

On his part, Verashe, who col­lab­o­rated Christo­pher’s view swore that he knew noth­ing about the stolen car ex­cept that he was awo­ken from sleep that fate­ful night by his long­stand­ing client to con­vey him to Alaide in Gwer lo­cal gov­ern­ment area and that the po­lice nabbed them along the way.

Mean­while, the po­lice said the duo had been ar­rested be­fore in sim­i­lar man­ner with stolen goats which they claimed to be theirs and be­ing con­veyed to Gboko area of the state.

Spokesman of the po­lice, Yamu, said the sus­pects would be charged to court on com­ple­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

The car re­cov­ered by po­lice

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