A suspected car snatcher, Alhaji Kabiru Akorede, who was arrested by Lagos State Police Command, has said he could not count the number of stolen vehicles he has so far sold to people.
42-year-old Akorede, who hails from Ilorin, Kwara State, was nabbed by operatives of the special Anti-Robbery Squad in his residence at NEPA Quarters, Isashi, Lagos.
Akorede allegedly belonged to an eight-man robbery gang, who had gone to Victoria Island in Lagos on12th September, 2014, and robbed one Mr. Albert Omisore of his Toyota Prado marked, AAA 690 BH.
The vehicle had reportedly been delivered to Moses Ogbu, a gang member, who in turn, gave it to Akorede for sale. He re-fixed the fittings of the vehicle such as the headlights and windscreens.
According to the police, Akorede had been arrested earlier in the year and was still standing trial before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court when he went back into crime. The police added that Akorede was arrested at the point of re-fixing the fittings of a stolen vehicle.
After the gang had been nabbed, Akorede was trailed by SARS operatives. He was subsequently arrested.
Speaking with Punch, Alhaji Akorede, who said he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2010, confessed that he started selling stolen vehicles barely a year ago, he could not recall the number of the vehicles he had sold.
He said, “I was working as a building engineer until 2013. I started receiving stolen cars last year. It was a friend, one Dada, who introduced me to the gang. Since I started with them, I used to sell the stolen vehicles along the Ile Zik area in Lagos.
“I cannot recall the number of the vehicles I collected, but they may not be less than 20. There were about three Toyota Highlander which I sold for N1.2m each. I also got four Toyota Camry, which I sold for N600,000 each.”
Akorede, who is married with two children, said that while the court granted him bail, Ogbu called him that the gang wanted to dispose a Toyota Prado, and the vehicle was brought to his place.
He said, “I decided to work on the vehicle so that I could conveniently resell it. It is true that I changed the fittings. I gave Moses N250,000 for the vehicle. I did this because I desperately needed money.”
The police said he and others would be charged to court soon..
Categories: UTV AUDIO