The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Delta State Command Okpanem told the News Agency of Nigeria that it has captured a notorious car snatcher.
DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who is the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Police Command notified the public through a statement released on Tuesday, in Delta State. Naijauto.com gathered that they also nabbed a car dealer who buys stolen vehicles to resell.
The names of the arrested suspects was released by the DSP. They are Victor Nele, the car snatcher and Abraham Dafe, the buyer of the stolen cars.
Car snatchers are common in Nigeria and sometimes work in gangs
Based on the statement made by the police spokesperson, the suspected car robber, Victor, snatched a Toyota Camry from its owner with a gun pointed at the victim, at Ozoro junction Delta, on August 9, 2018.
See the statement here.
On Aug. 9, 2018, a Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. AG805LEH was snatched from its owner, Bright Ngbeken at Ozoro Junction, Oleh at gunpoint.
On March 29, 2019, the police was tipped off that the vehicle was seen at a mechanic workshop in Abraka.
Following the tip-off, a team of detectives led by Sgt. Ikechukwu Obuseh, under the Command of the Divisional Police Officer Oleh, CSP. Na’illah Mo’d swung into action, apprehended the buyer, Abraham Dafe.
Dafe led the detectives to the ring leader of the gang, Victor Nele, aged 33 who though denied being the actual robber but admitted he purchased two cars from a man called `General’
The Police Public Relation Officers said that investigations are going on and the nabbed suspects will face the law when they are through with the investigations.
Not just in Nigeria, neighboring areas are also trying to arrest car snatchers
On the other hand, Delta State police commissioner, Adeyinka Adeleke has issued a warning to criminals in the state, telling them to quit stealing or leave the state, as they will be fished out wherever they may hid themselves. He went further to commend the bravery and efforts of his officers while giving an assurance to Deltans that there will be adequate security to ensure lives and properties are safeguarded.
He expressed: "These are warning signals to criminals in Delta that there is no safe haven for them. They should either quit crime or flee the state."
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