Paul Niwa, a 47-year-old hotelier, and Michael Odunayo, another male, were detained by Ogun State Police Command officers for allegedly stealing a bus from A&G Logistics Transport Company, Sagamu.
This was revealed in a statement released on Sunday by SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state police public relations officer.
One Kazeem Anifowose, according to Oyeyemi, reported the missing bus to the Ewu-Oliwo Divisional Police Headquarters in Sagamu.
He claimed that the incident occurred on Friday of last week at the state’s Sagamu junction.
The PPRO stated, “The complainant claimed he is the driver in charge of a T4 Volkswagen bus with number plate AAB 22 XB. He claimed that at the Sagamu interchange while driving the said vehicle from Abeokuta towards Sagamu at around 1am, the vehicle developed a mechanical fault, forcing him to park it by the roadside to come back with a mechanic in the morning to fix it.
Surprisingly, the bus wasn’t there when he arrived at the spot the next morning, and all searches for it were unsuccessful.
Oyeyemi claimed that CSP Toyosi Bello, the divisional police officer for the Ewu-Oliwo Division, gave a group of detectives instructions to look into the disappearance of the car.
He added that the detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation and were able to trace the missing vehicle to the compound of A-Z Hotel at Elediye village, Sagamu, where the vehicle has been butchered into pieces to be sold in parts.
The police spokesman added, “The owner of the hotel, Paul Niwa, was there and was then promptly arrested and taken to custody.
“His arrest led to the apprehension of the second suspect, 27-year-old Michael Odunayo.
“On interrogation, Michael Odunayo, confessed to the police that it was himself and one Eri Adeyemi, who is now at large, that towed the vehicle away from where it was parked at about 2am and took it to Paul Niwa, who happened to be a regular buyer of such stolen vehicles and he bought it at the rate of N300, 000.”
Oyeyemi added that preliminary investigation revealed that Niwa is a serial receiver of stolen vehicles, which according to him, he used to dismantle and sell in pieces.
The PPRO however, said the acting state Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation while efforts are being intensified to apprehend their fleeing accomplice.
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