The Edo State Police Command has arrested an army officer, Eyosu Kennedy, for the alleged stealing of a Toyota Camry car.
25-year-old Kennedy was among the 48 suspects paraded publicly by the police for their involvement in different forms of crime, last weekend.
According to the Police, the suspect who belongs to the Battalion 112 in Borno State, stole in the car in Abuja, and transported it down to Edo state to find a buyer. He was nabbed in the process of selling it off.
Incidents like this dent the Nigerian Army's reputation
Speaking to newsmen, Kennedy, however, disclosed that he did not steal the car, but bought it from a man who posed as a Custom Officer in Maiduguri. He said that the man asked him to pay 500,000 for the vehicle, but he (Kennedy) explained that he had only 100,000 and promised to pay the balance later. The man handed him the car, and he drove it down to Benin. The car developed a fault while driving it around town, and he took it to a mechanic who showed interest in helping him sell it off.
"I told him that I bought it from a custom officer in Maiduguri but that it has no papers. He asked of custom clearance papers since I bought the car from a custom officer and I told him that I don’t have because the officer said the car was moved from custom’s warehouse and doesn’t want his boss to know of it.”
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Kennedy further disclosed that the mechanic informed him that a Police officer had indicated interest in buying the car, and asked him to come back later in the evening. He met the officer, and both of them agreed on a selling price. The officer lured him to the office, saying that he needed to pick some money from the office.
“When we got to the office, he asked for the car paper and I told him how I got the car. They searched the car and found some papers. They called the number on it, and the person who picked the call said it was his vehicle that was stolen in Abuja. So, they arrested me. I didn’t steal the car,”
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko Jemeta, said that the case would be taken to court.
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