The Nation (Nigeria)

Ex-convict, another held for car snatching

- By Precious Igbonwelun­du

Aex-convict, Fred Okunnu and a conductor, Segun Adedigba have been arrested by the Lagos Police Command over alleged car theft. Okunnu was alleged to be the leader of a syndicate that specialise­d in snatching imported fairly used vehicles between Lagos and Oyo.

According to the police, two other members of the gang had earlier been arrested and were currently in prison custody.

Parading the suspects, PO39-YEAR-OLD lice Commission­er, Hakeem Odumosu, said a red unregister­ed Toyota Corolla sports car and a BMW car with the dealer’s number plate were recovered from them.

He said a credible source had reported a case of conspiracy and armed robbery to the police after sighting the suspects negotiatin­g to sell-off a suspected stolen vehicle at a notorious black spot at Akala in Mushin.

Odumosu said: “On July 3, around 6:30 pm, informatio­n was received that a syndicate of armed robbers had converged at a black spot in Akala area of Mushin, Lagos State to sell their robbed items.

“Upon the receipt of the informatio­n police operatives were drafted to the area and one Adedigba Segun was arrested and confessed that one Fred Azeez

Okunnu is the mastermind of the robbery.

“A Toyota Corolla Sport car red in colour and one BMW Sport car were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects confessed to have robbed the Toyota Corolla Sport car at gunpoint in Ibadan, Oyo State and bought the BMW Sport car with the proceed of various stolen vehicles.

Odumosu added:”the suspect also confessed that his gang members, who are still at large, specialize­d in snatching tokunbo (fairly-used) cars along Apapa road Lagos State while coming from the port.”

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