Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Police in Ogun State have arrested one Wariz Taofeek for allegedly stealing a mini bus in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The suspect was arrested on November 7, 2023.
He was said to have brought the bus to a mechanic in Ifo, Ogun State, to alter the body of the vehicle but was caught through the impressive verification skills of the mechanic.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Omolola Odutola confirmed this to newsmen in a statement in Abeokuta, yesterday.
Odutola said that the mechanic became suspicious the suspect and his cohort brought the bus with registration number BDG 104 YH to his workshop for repairs.
“Realizing that the vehicle might be stolen, the mechanic requested the necessary documents from the suspects, before he could commence repairs, which they were unable to provide. He also asked for the phone number of the rightful owner of the Bus, but the suspects could not provide any particulars.”
“In an attempt to deceive the mechanic, the suspects asked to use the mechanic phone to call the owner of the Bus, hoping to insert their own SIM card. However, the mechanic’s quick wits allowed him to see through their ruse and the suspect managed to escape the scene.”
“The mechanic promptly alerted the police, who quickly took action and eventually apprehended Taofeek Wariz. During the interrogation, Wariz confessed to have stolen the Bus from Ikorodu.”
The Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alamutu has expressed his admiration for the mechanic’s assistance in apprehending the culprits. He commended the mechanic’s intelligence and encouraged other artisans to follow his example in being vigilant and proactive in similar situations.