Police arrest fake Group Captain, recover 16 vehicles

Police in Ogun State  on Thursday said they  recovered 16 stolen vehicles in two days at Ibafo and arrested eight suspected armed robbers.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said this  in Abeokuta.

He said  the operation was carried out by the command’s Crime Investigation Department, anti-robbery team and anti-crime divisions.

Adejobi added that the team smashed the hideouts of the  robbers at Ibafo and recovered the stolen cars with arms and ammunition.

He said  the team also  arrested eight persons in connection with the recovered vehicles and other crimes in different locations in the state.

The spokesman  attributed the development  to  intelligence gathering and the   leadership qualities of the Commissioner of Police,  Ikemefuna Okoye.

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Adejobi sad  the suspects were being detained at the  police headquarters  in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He   said  the suspects would be charged  as soon as investigations were concluded.

He urged those whose cars were stolen to  go the police  headquarters in Abeokuta.

Adejobi  said some of the vehicles recovered were a Toyota Sienna with  number plate  GJ 556 EKY, unregistered Honda Odyssey, and another black Toyota Camry.

He  said a Honda Accord with  number plate LSD 537 was also recovered.

He assured residents of continued safety of their lives and property, saying that “the command will not relent in its efforts to make the state safe for all and sundry.’’

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In another development, the command on Thursday nabbed a middle-aged-man, Karim Hassan, who claimed to be a Group Captain.

According to the PPRO, the suspect approached a company at Ihesri Area of Ogun State in Air Force uniform and introduced himself as someone attached to the Presidency.

“His attitude raised suspicion and the company’s CEO immediately alerted Ibafo Divisional Headquarters of Police before the suspect was eventually arrested.

“He has confessed to the crime and will appear in court as soon as possible as we lack the power to hold on to any suspect for too long,” Adejobi said.

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