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Police arrest two for serial car theft at Redemption camp


By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

Officers of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two persons for stealing over seven vehicles belonging to different individuals at Redemption Camp, Ogun State during their various religious programs.

The suspects, Friday Ezi, 43 and Onyekachi Atama 27, were arrested at different locations in the country.

A statement signed by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, revealed that the suspects were arrested following a report by one Titilayo Otitodogbon who reported at Redeemed camp police station on the 1st of February 2020 that she parked her Toyota Camry car, with registration number LND 636 EZ at Diligent road, Redemption Camp, “but on getting back to the place in the evening of the same day, the car has been removed from the park by unknown thief/thieves”.

Upon her report, he said, the DPO Redeemed Camp, Chris Amanyi detailed his detectives to swing into action and bring the perpetrators to book.

He added: “The detectives embarked on full scale forensic and technical investigation which yielded positive result when one Friday Ezi, who actually stole the car from Redeemed Camp, was traced to Edo State where he was promptly arrested on the 10th of March 2020. His arrest and eventual confessional statement led the operatives to Onitsha in Anambra State where one Onyekachi Atama, who is his receiver and an accomplice, was also arrested on the 15th of March 2020″.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects have stolen up to seven different cars at the Camp; but they confessed ” to have stolen only two cars at different occasion”.

Atama, who is a spare parts dealer at motor parts market in Onitsha, confessed that once the vehicles were brought to him by Friday Ezi, he used to balkanize it and sell such vehicles in parts.

The Commissioner of police, Kenneth Ebrimson who commended the investigative team for a job well-done has directed that the suspects be transferred to anti car theft section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.