Ex-police officer, Prisons staff arrested for theft in Bayelsa

The police officer was dismissed from the force.

An ex-police officer from the Delta State Police Command, James Bekem, and a staff of the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, in Rivers, Uche Onuigie, have been arrested for an alleged car theft by the police in Bayelsa.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the state police command, Alex Akhigbe.

The statement said Mr. Bekem was dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.

It said that the offence was committed along the Owerri axis of Owerri-Elele road in Imo.

The ex-policeman was arrested in Patani, Delta, for alleged theft of a Mazda 323 car with registration number AR 244 UGH. The vehicle was stolen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, and traced to Patani in Delta.

“One Corporal James Bekem, a dismissed policeman that served in Delta was arrested in connection with the stolen car,” Mr. Akhigbe said.

The statement added that the accused had confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.

It said that the prison official was arrested for the alleged theft of a red coloured Golf car with registration number KMR 128 XA.

According to the statement, Mr. Onuigie told the police that he bought the car for N200,000.

However, police investigation revealed that the accused hired the vehicle from a driver, Paul Godfrey, in Yenagoa to take him to Owerri.

“At a point along the road, he told the driver that his driving was too sluggish and demanded to drive; ostensibly, to meet his schedule. When the driver handed over the key and came down to move to the passenger seat, (Mr. Onuigie) drove off. The Golf car was later recovered at the prison service barrack in Port Harcourt, Rivers, with the accused,” said the statement.



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