Police Arrest Seven for Dismantling Stolen Car for Resale in Kwara

The Kwara State Police Command has arrested seven members of a syndicate involved in dismantling stolen vehicles to sell as spare parts in Ilorin, the state capital.

The suspects were caught in the Madi area along the Oko-Olowo-Jebba Expressway while dismantling a Nissan Almera car reportedly stolen at gunpoint in Lagos State.

Kwara State Police Command spokesperson, Toun Ejire-Adeyemi, confirmed the arrests in a statement on Friday.

“At approximately 1200 hours on May 24, 2024, detectives responded to reports of suspicious activities at a dump site in the Madi area along the Oko-Olowo-Jebba Expressway in Ilorin, where individuals were seen dismantling a car,” the statement read.

“Upon arrival, Abdulateef Abdulwahab, Wasiu Musa, and Tajudeen Abdulrasak were arrested. A dismantled Nissan Almera car, ash in color, with Lagos registration number AKD 919 AU, was recovered.

“During interrogation, the suspects provided information leading to the arrest of additional accomplices: Usman Oseni, Abdulrasheed Jimoh, Abdulrasak Ayinde, and Lukman Ibrahim, all residents of Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the Nissan Almera was stolen at gunpoint in Lagos State and transported to Ilorin for dismantling and resale.”

Two other suspects, Olarewaju Sukirulahi and an individual known as “Old Soldier,” remain at large, with efforts ongoing to apprehend them.

Ejire-Adeyemi said that Commissioner of Police, CP Victor Olaiya, commended the officers for their swift and professional actions during the operation.

“He reaffirms the commitment of the Kwara State Police Command to ensuring the safety and security of all residents. Theft and other illegal activities will not be tolerated in Kwara State, and those who engage in such acts will face the full weight of the law,” Ejire-Adeyemi added.

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