20-year-old man nabbed try­ing to steal car in Abuja

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - By Adam Umar

A 20-year-old man who claimed to be op­er­at­ing with a gang of four was ar­rested yes­ter­day by the po­lice at Kubwa in Bwari Area Coun­cil of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), fol­low­ing his failed at­tempt to steal a car from a com­pound in the area.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pect, Em­manuel Matthew, got into the ve­hi­cle and was mak­ing ef­fort to start it when the owner came out of his room.

The man, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous, told our re­porter that he had set to leave for of­fice around 7am and had al­ready went into the car parked in­side his com­pound, only to no­tice that he for­got his phone in the house.

He said he went back in leav­ing the car’s key in the ig­ni­tion only to find the sus­pect mak­ing at­tempt to start it when he re­turned.

“I pleaded with him to get down but all in vein and all ef­fort to open the ve­hi­cle’s door were not suc­cess­ful ei­ther.

“So I rushed to my house gate and locked it be­fore shout­ing out for as­sis­tance which at­tracted my neigh­bours be­fore the man gave up and came out of the ve­hi­cle,” the man said.

The sus­pect who is now as­sist­ing the po­lice on how to get to his ac­com­plices, said he went out in the early hours of the day to test his luck fol­low­ing his friend’s re­fusal to give him some money to buy food the pre­vi­ous night be­cause he re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in an op­er­a­tion where some hand­sets were stolen.

He said the per­son who usu­ally bought the stolen goods from them had chal­lenged him to pro­vide him with a ve­hi­cle, and that he would take the po­lice to the said per­son.

The Divi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer DPO of Kubwa, CSP Ay­obami Su­ra­judeen, con­firmed the in­ci­dent adding that the po­lice would trace the other al­leged ac­com­plices and carry out a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion about the mat­ter.

The sus­pect stand­ing be­side the ve­hi­cle

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