3rd December, 2010
The police in Lagos have arrested two men suspected to be part of a four-man gang whoÂ snatch Toyota Camry brand of cars around Ipaja, Ayobo, Ashipa town, Akowonjo and Iyana Ipaja axis of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
The suspects gave their names as Abiodun and Adeshina Olaitan alias Eja. P.M.NEWS learnt that the suspects were arrested following complaints by residents of Ashipa town in Ipaja Ayobo over the ostentatious lifestyle of the young men who also drove different types of Toyota Camry cars and live in an uncompleted buildingÂ in the area.
Following the information, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police command reportedly swung into action and moved to the gangâ€™s base.
The surveillance paid off on the third day at about 5 a.m when they arrested one of the suspects simply called Abiodun with a Camry car. His confessional statement led to the arrest of Adeshina Olaitan at Ijoko town, Sango Ota, Ogun State.
Other members mentioned by Abiodun include Ademola, the leader of the gang, who is now in Kirikiri Prison over a robbery incident, Nikko and Makko, who are currently on the run.
Items recovered from them include locally made pistols, 12 catridges, two Toyota Camry cars with registration number BG 923 BDG belonging to Mr. Arawusi Uchie. The vehicle was snatched from him at U-turn area of Agege motor Road, Ikeja.
The other Camry with registration number JD 976 EKY is owned by Mr. Oladosun Akinlolu.
In his confessional statement to the police, Abiodun stated that: â€œI was a commercial driver plying Iyana Ipaja to Ayobo Ipaja before I was recruited by Ademola, who is now in Kirikiri Prison. We specialize in snatching Camry cars at eateries, parties and along the road with master keys.
â€œWe normally sell them to a popular car dealer, who buys them from us for N80,000 and resell them to members of the public in Nigeria and Togo.
â€œWe used the cars to invade business centres and rob the owners of their laptop, computers, handsets and money before selling the vehicles. We some times snatch the cars at gun point from their owners but we have never killed anybody,â€ he added. The suspects have been arraigned in the court.