Operatives of Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have arrested a notorious car-snatching gang, which specialises in causing mild accident to rob their victims.
One of the suspect, who identified himself as Sunday Uzor, revealed that the gang’s mode of operation was to make their victim have a mild accident.
According to the 39-year-old indigene of Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, “While our victims come down to inspect the extent of damage and who the culprit is, our gang would swoop on them and snatch their vehicles.”
The other members of the gang arrested alongside Uzor are Ifeanyichukwu Chukwu, 33; Matthew Arome, 27; Ebere John, 32; and Ikechukwu Chilaka, 35.
Vanguard gathered that the police recovered a barreta pistol, one locally-made double-barrelled cut-to-size gun loaded with two live cartridges, and six other live cartridges from the suspects operating within Iyana Iba, Igando, Igbo Elerin and other areas along Lagos-Badagry expressway.
The police also recovered eight vehicles, including a Toyota Highlander, a Lexus, and a Toyota Corolla, allegedly snatched by the gang in different areas of Lagos.
It was learned that Uzor was apprehended by Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS on Saturday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, while trying to sell one of the stolen vehicles. His arrest led to the arrest of the other gang members.
Uzor told Vanguard that he was married with two children, but denied being the gang leader.
He said: “What happened was that sometime in April, we went to Igando area at about 7.30pm for an operation and we saw a lady driving a flashy car around the roundabout.
So, we hit her from behind and when she came down to inquire what went wrong, our gang leader, Danjuma Sule, pointed a gun at her and she froze.
“Another gang member entered her car and drove off. We also took her away from the scene and dropped her on Obadore Bridge. The vehicle was taken to Onitsha for sale, but the police have recovered it.
“I was a dismissed soldier. I was a Lance Corporal in Ojo before I was dismissed in 2010 for escorting stolen goods.”
Another suspect, Chukwu, who hails from Umunze, Anambra State, said he had sold six stolen cars for the gang.
He said: “I am based in Onitsha, and I sell the cars for the gang. When they bring them to me, I sell for about N700,000 and return N500,000 to the gang.
‘’I keep the rest. I have received about six cars from them. I knew they were snatching them, but I was in a financial mess. I did not have any option.”
Vanguard gathered that the suspects would be charged to court during the week.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the report.
Source : Vanguard