A fake police officer who was a personal driver for an Assistant Inspector of Police and a Commissioner of Police, Oliver Dike, has been arrested after some armed robbery suspects fingered him as being their sponsor and receiver of stolen cars.
According to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, Dike, who is known as Mopol in the underworld, was mentioned by many suspects during interrogation as the brain behind the snatching of exotic cars in the state and its environs.
The 35-year-old Dike was nabbed at the Sagamu section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by operatives led by the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, led by the officer in charge, Superintendent of Police Abba Kyari, with a fake police identity card.
A police statement stated:
"Police started the search for Dike in April 2015 after two armed robbery suspects, Akinropo Ogunsina and Jimoh Akeem, mentioned his name during interrogation that he was the receiver of the cars they used to snatch.
Ogunsina confessed that his gang snatched two Honda Accord 230 model cars and Sienna bus and sold to Dike. Unaware that Ogunsina had been arrested, Dike repeatedly kept calling Ogunsina’s phone, asking if he had another snatched car for sale.
According to Ogunsina, Dike bought two cars for N280,000 and was requesting for a Toyota Highlander ‘Jeep,’ Toyota Corolla 2014 model and Honda Accord before his arrest."
DSP Nwosu also confirmed the arrest of Dike,saying it was in the process of receiving the Toyota Highlander that Dike was arrested, with the N200,000 which he wanted to use to pay for the stolen car, recovered from him.
"When the police came in contact with him, he identified himself as a police corporal. He had a police identity card with him. The police team went along with him to his house in Abuja for a search. They recovered a complete police uniform.
The police also recovered one of the cars, a Honda Accord he bought from Ogunsina in his house."
During interrogation, Dike, said he was a motor spare parts dealer with a shop at Zuba motor park in Abuja, before he took to crime.
"In 2004, I went to sell motor parts to a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). He is now retired after being promoted to the rank of a Commissioner of Police.
We became friends. I told him that I would like to work for him as his driver and do some other domestic chores for him. He agreed.
I left the motor parts business for my younger brother and started working for the DCP. I started living in his house. I used to drive him to work and other places. In 2005, he was sent to War College and later became a Commissioner of Police (CP). He retired in 2012.
After he retired, all his boys, including me, were transferred to the new CP that took over from him. The new CP was later appointed as an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) before he retired. Since then, I stopped working for him.
I was arrested when I came to buy a Highlander Jeep from Ogunsina."