The Edo State Police Command has arrested a Navy officer, Ibrahim Adamu, 25, and an officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abdullahi Abdulwahab 26, over alleged armed theft and automotive snatching.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who paraded the suspects on Tuesday, Could 9, 2023, mentioned they have been arrested in Ekpoma by a crack staff of the command primarily based on credible info.
In response to the PPRO, the suspects attacked the driving force of an unregistered C300 Mercedes Benz automotive in Sapele, Delta State, snatched the automotive from him and likewise compelled him to switch a sum of N400,000 to their account.
He mentioned the suspects have been to take the automotive to Abuja and promote it after they have been arrested by the police in Ekpoma, Edo state.
“The suspects have made statements and claimed to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy and Correctional Service respectively.”
Nwabuzor mentioned the car and navy uniform have been additionally recovered from the suspects.
Talking with journalists, Ibrahim Adamu, who was recruited into the Nigeria Navy in 2019, mentioned he was arrested for stealing a Mercedes Benz C300 automotive in Delta state.
“I used to be recruited into the Navy in 2019. I labored in Lokoja, Kogi state earlier than I used to be posted to Warri, Delta state. It was once I went on a course in Sapele that I made the plan to steal a car,” he mentioned.
“After my course, Abdulwahab came around me and my plans, assuring him that we’d earn cash and he agreed to affix me. We chatted a few tricycle from Warri to Sapele for the operation.
“We noticed a car with out a quantity plate in Sapele, we requested him to cease however he refused. We pursued him to a village the place he lastly stopped. And I informed him, we’re taking him to our workplace for driving an unregistered car and he pleaded that we must always settle the matter there however we refused.
“I took over the steering from him and began driving however once we bought to Oghara Street, he supplied us cash to settle the matter and I informed him to pay N500,000 however he paid N400,000 to a Level of Sale account which I gave him and was later transferred to me. We have been driving to Abuja to promote the automotive when the police arrested us.”
On his half, Abdulwahab, a correctional service officer in Kaduna State, mentioned Adamu invited Warri for the job, saying that is his first time being concerned in a theft.