See How Police Arrest Ex-Soldiers and Four Others for Robbery and Car Theft


See How Police Arrest Ex-Soldiers and Four Others for Robbery and Car Theft


The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended two dismissed soldiers along with four other individuals in connection with armed robbery and car theft.


SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the Command’s spokesperson, confirmed the arrests on Tuesday while presenting the suspects and the recovered items.


Hundeyin revealed that the two former soldiers were part of a gang that specialized in hijacking vehicles at gunpoint across different areas of Lagos and then selling them within the state.


The suspects were captured by the Command’s tactical team in Surulere following a month-long investigation triggered by credible information.


“Three suspects were arrested in Lagos State and one in Ilorin, with two stolen vehicles recovered,” Hundeyin said. “The gang has been active for a considerable period before their capture. Among the four arrested, two are dismissed soldiers—one dismissed in 2014 and the other in 2017.”


He added that the gang carried out their operations dressed in full military uniforms. “Our investigation has so far uncovered that the gang has stolen a total of 13 cars, with two recovered. We also seized military uniforms and identity cards with various ranks, including Lieutenant Colonel,” Hundeyin said.


Another suspect, who was employed as a driver, was arrested for allegedly stealing his employer’s car on the first day of his job. The suspect was caught after taking the stolen car to a church for a dedication and thanksgiving ceremony.


Hundeyin criticized the employer for not conducting a proper background check before hiring the driver.


Additionally, a sixth suspect, claiming to be an automobile mechanic, was arrested for allegedly stealing and selling cars entrusted to him for repairs. The individual who purchased the stolen cars from the mechanic was also detained. The mechanic reportedly told the buyer that the cars were imported from Cotonou, Benin Republic.


Hundeyin stated that all suspects will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation. He also mentioned that efforts are ongoing to recover other stolen vehicles. (NAN)


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