The Police Command in Jigawa has arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly stealing a car from a dealer in neighbouring Bauchi state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shi’isu, announced this in a statement on Monday in Dutse.
Shi’isu said the suspect, a resident of Gwarinpa quarters of FCT, was arrested at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday by the police in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, on Sunday, at about 11:20 hours, a patrol team from Birnin Kudu Divisional Police Headquarters arrested a 35-year-old man of Gwarimpa Quarters FCT, Abuja, in possession of one Honda vehicle without a registration number, strongly suspected to be stolen.
“All efforts to stop the driver proved abortive when the patrol men sighted the vehicle at high speed from a far distance as the driver was very anxious and refused to slow down.”
He further explained that while trying to dodge the police, the suspect smashed a cyclist, resulting in the car being hooked and forcefully stopped.
The PPRO added that the suspect alighted from the car and took to his heels but was later arrested and brought to the station.
Shi’isu said that the police had earlier received a distress call from neighbouring Bauchi state that three unknown persons went to S Fawa Motors along Murtala Muhammad Way in Bauchi and pretended to buy the stolen car.
“However, one of the salesmen insisted on going along with them and on their way, the suspected vehicle thieves forcefully expelled him and zoomed off with the car and left him stranded.
The PPRO, however, revealed that the car’s rightful owner had since been identified as Usman Zubairu of Federal Lowcost, Bauchi.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ekot, directed that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Police Headquarters Dutse for discreet investigation.
Shi’isu said the suspect would be charged in court upon completion of an investigation.
He also said that efforts were being made to arrest the fleeing suspects.