His partner in crime, 27-year-old
Onyekachi Atama, was also arrested. Atama, a spare parts dealer, was apprehended for allegedly buying and selling the parts from the stolen cars.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested after a report was made to the command.
The PPRO stated :
“The duo were arrested following a report by one Titilayo Otitodogbon, whose Toyota Camry car with number plate LND 636, was stolen on February 1, 2020, by one of the suspects.”
“Upon her report, the DPO, Redemption Camp, CSP Chris Amanyi, detailed his detectives to swing into action and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
“The detectives embarked on full-scale forensic and technical investigation, which yielded a positive result when one Friday Ezi, who actually stole the car from the Redemption Camp, was traced to Edo State, where he was promptly arrested on March 10, 2020.”
“His arrest and eventual confessional statement led operatives to Onitsha in Anambra State, where one Onyekachi Atama; who is his receiver and an accomplice, was also arrested on March 15, 2020.”
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had stolen up to 7 different cars from the Redemption Camp; but they confessed to have stolen only 2 cars on different occasions.
“Onyekachi Atama, who is a spare parts dealer at the Motor Parts Market in Onitsha, confessed that once the vehicles were brought to him by Friday Ezi, he used to balkanise them and sell such vehicles in parts.”
The suspects have been transferred to the anti-car theft section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.