Suspects engage in arguments over roles in car theft

The suspects were arrested for the theft and subsequent sale of a car in Ogun.

A mild drama occurred on Wednesday at the Ogun State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, when three robbery suspects engaged themselves in an argument over their individual roles in a robbery operation.

The suspects, Lukman Ogunyemi, 32; Akeem Osoba, 46; and Kazeem Soyinka, 32; were paraded with twenty-four other alleged criminals.

The trio broke into an argument during an interview with PREMIUM TIMES over who took an active part in the robbery.

The suspects were arrested for the theft and subsequent sale of a Honda Accord to a car dealer at Moshood Abiola Way.

Mr. Soyinka admitted receiving the car from a robbery gang and selling it to Mr. Osoba, the car dealer. However, Mr. Osoba denied knowing Mr. Soyinka, adding that he had no idea that the car was stolen.

At this, Mr. Soyinka barked at the car dealer to stop pretending and confess to the crime.

‘It is true that I received the stolen car and that I sold it to you. Let us say the truth here,” he said.

The car dealer then confessed that he bought the car but maintained that he was unaware that it was stolen.

“This is my first time buying such car. I have been a car dealer for long time. I never knew that it was a stolen vehicle. In fact, I spent some of my own money to repair the damaged parts of the vehicle before re-selling it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, while parading all the twenty-seven suspects arrested for various offences said they would soon be charged to court.

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