The police in Ogun State have arrested two suspects for allegedly stealing a truck in Ota.
The suspects are an ex-convict, Yisa Nwachukwu, and Yusuf Sanusi.
The police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the truck belongs to Mr Nwachukwu’s employer whom he indentified as Alhaji Owonifaari.
He said the suspects were arrested following information received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Oniipanu Division, Sangobiyi Johnson, that a truck brought to Ojolowo sawmill Ota was being dismantled in order to sell it in parts.
“On receiving the information, the DPO Onipanu led his detectives to the scene where Yisa Nwachukwu who had been earlier arrested for stealing a Bajaj motorcycle, charged to court and convicted was again arrested together with his receiver, Yusuf Sanusi.”
The police spokesman said on interrogation, Mr Nwachukwu admitted he was employed as a driver by the owner of the truck and decided to abscond with the truck because he was not paid his salary.
“He stated further that on his way to Nsuka in Enugu State, the truck developed mechanical fault and since he had no money to fix it, he called the receiver Yusuf Sanusi who met him at Ore in Ondo State where the truck was towed to Ota after selling it to the receiver at the rate of N4000.”
In similar development, Mr Oyeyemi said a Volkswagen Golf bus with registration number FKJ 932 XS belonging to one Kingsley Unaka, which was also stolen by Mr Nwachukwu, was recovered.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, advised members of the public to always do background check on whoever they want to employ, to avoid employing an armed robber as a staff.