Juliana Francis

Two women Osikhena Mercy, 27, and Ejeh Esther 29, are among four suspects allegedly arrested for car snatching by operatives of the Zone 2 Command Headquarters Onikan, Lagos State.

Other members of the group are Adams Michael Onoriode, 44, and Ojokola Mathew, 40.

The  Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2, a Superintendent of Police, Hauwa Idris Adamu, said that exhibits recovered from the suspects are one silver Toyota Camry saloon car, 2009 model, marked BDG 80 HU, and another vehicle.

She explained that on the 8th of May 2023,  the petitioner, Akolawole Omowunmi who uses his Silver Toyota Camry Saloon car 2009 model with Registration number BDG 80 HU for Uber services received a call from the principal suspect ‘Adams’ who booked a ride from Lekki phase 1 at Presken hotel.

Adamu said: “Upon the arrival of the petitioner, Mr. Adams told him to cancel the ride and take an offline trip; under the guise of engaging his services for three days, which he obliged.

“On the same day about 2:am, Mr. Adams called the petitioner to drive him and his girlfriend to a supermarket in Lekki and the suspect intentionally left his phone in the car and requested all three of them; the Uber driver, the suspect, and his girlfriend to go into the mall to shop.

“While at the Mall the suspect deceived the petitioner and collected the car key from him claiming he wanted to take his phone from the car with the above-mentioned description.

“When the petitioner waited a while and did not see the suspect return to the mall, he went out of the mall and realized that his car has been removed from where it was parked. The petitioner saw the suspect driving the car on the other side of the road at high speed but could not do anything to stop him as he watched the suspect drive his car off.

“Detectives from Zonal X-Squad Section swung into action while the phone number was tracked and the suspect was identified to be Adams Michael Onoriode with his locations around Edo and Delta states respectively.”

The Police image manager said that on the 24th of May, 2023, detectives from the Zonal X-Squad moved to Edo/Delta states where the principal suspect and three other suspects were arrested with exhibits and brought to Zonal Headquarters.”

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