The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected carjacker identified as Olamide Tailor, and recovered the stolen vehicle.
The Lagos Zone 2 Command HQ spokesperson, Hauwa Adamu, revealed this in a statement on Saturday.
She explained that the arrest followed an intel the zone received on July 22nd, 2023.
The statement read “On the 22nd of July 2023 at about 12:50 am, intel was received by the AIG Zone 2, Muhammed Ali Ari, that along Fagba Abule Egba Area, one suspect Olamide Tailor and his friend Habeeb – now at large – stopped a Corolla Saloon car, ash in colour, driven by an Uber driver, one Mr Gbadamosi Adewale. The suspect told the driver to drop them at Fela’s Shrine, Ikeja,”
“While on their way, they ordered the driver to turn back to where he picked them up under the pretence that Habeeb has forgotten his phone at the hotel. The Uber driver obliged.
“When the Uber driver stopped at the point he picked them up, one of the suspects Habeeb – who is now at large – came out of the car pretending to be on a call and later came back into the car and sat behind the driver.
“At this time he had ground pepper in his hand. He subsequently applied the pepper to the victim’s eyes which forced him (the driver) to jump out of the car shouting ‘thief thief’ and Olamide Tailor took over the car and drove away.
“Consequently, on receipt of the information, the AIG, Ari Mohammed Ali (FCIA PCS), swung into action and detailed a team of detectives from the monitoring unit who immediately tracked the said car and apprehended one of the suspects who is currently giving useful information on the matter.
“In the interim, an investigation is ongoing. The arrested suspect will be arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction at the conclusion of our investigation.”
The police however, urge the public, especially commercial drivers, to remain vigilant about passengers displaying suspicious behavior or intentions.
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