Security operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended a technician, Michael Eze, for stealing one of his customer’s cars meant for repairs at Ladipo Market, Mushin, Lagos Mainland.
The suspect told the Police that he stole the car because the owner had told him his insurance company will replace the car if anything happened to it adding that he was pushed by the need for money to care for his ailing mother.
It was gathered that the vehicle was given to the suspect to effect repairs on its air conditioning system on December 20, 2017. But when he was contacted on phone to know when the car would be ready, Eze said the car had been stolen.
However, his disappearance from his workshop aroused the suspicion of the car owner, who alerted policemen at Ilupeju Division.
The suspect, Michael EzeThe suspect when paraded at the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, blamed his actions on his inability to raise money for his ailing mother’s treatment.
“I have known the owner of the car since 2015. I am not a thief; this is my first time of stealing a customer’s car. I did it because I don’t have money to take my mother to the hospital. One of my friends, Promise Israel, told me he knew someone that buys stolen cars in Edo State.
“I decided to steal this particular car because the owner once said that his car was insured and that in the event of any theft or accident, his insurance company would replace it,” he said.
He added that: “We contacted a man that would drive the car to Benin. But on reaching there, the buyer said that he would have to sell the car first before paying us. When the owner of the vehicle called, I told him that it had been stolen.
“I avoided my workplace because I wanted to collect my share of the money from the sale of the car and travel home to attend to my ailing mother. I was still expecting to get the money when I got a telephone call from my in-law, who stood as guarantor for me. He told me to come and see him, unknown to me that he was with the Police.
“Initially, I maintained that the car was stolen. But when I got to Special Anti -Robbery Squad, SARS, I opened up.”
The State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, disclosed that the suspect would be charged to court while efforts were still on to arrest other fleeing accomplices.