Police IRT harvests 8 trans-border car snatchers, beams searchlights on Niger Republic to recover stolen cars

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By Mary BASSEY, Investigator

IT was end of the road recently for suspected trans-border car snatchers who had been snatching cars in Abuja and environs and crossing them to the neighbouring countries where they are sold after crack Police detectives attached to the ACP Abba Kyarai-led Intelligence Response Team IRT got eight of them beaten to their game. Sources said that the notoriety of the trans- border car snatchers got to a head after an operation in the house of a staff of NNPC in Abuja during which two posh cars and other expensive valuables were carted away.  A manhunt was therefore, launched for the robbers resulting in the arrest of two whose confessional statements later gave six others out to the Police. A statement from the IRT Abuja head office  made available to CrimeWorld  stated that frantic efforts were on to arrest fleeing gang members and recover the stolen cars from cross the borders; especially in Niger Republic. According to the statement,  “In response to reports of robberies around Apo and Mabushi axis of Abuja and subsequent robbery in the house of Mr. Nasir Yusuf, a staff of NNPC on January 22, 2018 where two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz E350 with Chasis number WDBUF87B193442, Ford Escape Jeep 2.0.with Chasis number IFMCUOG9XDUC00691 and other expensive valuables and gadgets in the house were carted away, operatives of the IRT deployed by IGP Ibrahim Idris  on February 13, 2018 got 8 of the armed robbers arrested.  Some of the arrested armed robbers included those who specialized in moving the robbed cars across the country to Niger Republic who has also confessed to multiple robberies in Abuja.”

The statement gave the names of the arrested suspects as, “Felix Ihenacho 37, Emmanuel Manase 29,  Daniel Talumun 26,  Ibrahim Musa 32, Tayo Oyemakin24,  Promise Reuben 25,  Danjuma Mustapha 29, and  Mustapha Labaran 42, both are specialists in crossing stolen cars across the borders,” adding,  “3 TV sets and other items were recovered. Mustapha Labaran and  Danjuma  Musa resorted to moving these stolen cars  across the borders because of the difficulties criminal now face  in re-registering stolen cars as the present networking of our car registration system is working very well.”

Labaran and Mustapha who specialized in crossing stolen cars across the borders

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