A 52-year-old man has been arrested while allegedly trying to sell off a police car in Osogbo, Osun capital.
Reports have it that the suspect whose names are given as Waheed Adewale was nabbed while attempting to get a buyer for the police car reportedly snatched at gunpoint somewhere in Lagos.
Adewale, however, when arrested denied being a thief, noting that he is just a civilian driver working with the Federal Investigation Bureau, Special Tactical Squad, Lagos.
On his part, while confirming the incident, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Wale Olokode, told reporters while parading the suspect on Friday, that Adewale was intercepted on January 20, 2021, when he was moving around to get a buyer for the car.
“One Waheed Adewale, aged 52, from Ikeja, Lagos State, was intercepted and arrested with a Toyota Camry with number plate, FKJ 818 DL, along llobu/lfon Road, where the suspect was trying to look for a buyer for a car,” Olokode revealed.
“Further investigation revealed that the car was snatched at gunpoint opposite World Oil, Jakande area, Lekki, Lagos State. Efforts are already in top gear to apprehend other suspects. The suspect will be charged to court at the completion of investigation,” the commissioner added.
However, while speaking to PUNCH Metro, Adewale insist that he is not a thief, noting that his boss at Alagbon, Lagos, had used him to track the stolen vehicle to Osogbo.
He said, “I am a civilian working with the police. I am attached to FIB STS as a driver. One Alhaji Suleman called me concerning a Camry car last week Tuesday. He told me the car was stolen. I quickly rushed to the Force Headquarters, Alagbon, to meet an ASP. The ASP took me to a Deputy Commissioner of Police. The vehicle was in Ibadan, but was later moved to Osogbo.
“But the ASP said they could not move immediately to track the car. He then said they would use me to track the vehicle because they could not leave Lagos immediately and he gave me transport fare.
“I arrived at Osogbo late. The following morning, I called those that were keeping the vehicle and they told me that they were at Isale Osun, Osogbo. When I met them, they said they could not get a buyer for it. I was arrested while we were looking for money to retain the vehicle. I am not a thief.”
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