If there is one thing Kehinde Oluomo has become adept at doing, it is carjacking. According to him, no matter what brand or how high-tech a car is, all he needs to break into it and steal it is a piece of wire.
Oluomo, who was arrested by the Nigerian Police Force, Kwara State command, confessed to having stolen six cars through this means.
The suspect, who said he was from Lagos State, explained that he started car robbery in 2013.
According to him, his strategy was to monitor where vehicles were parked, ensured that nobody was watching him and then he broke into the vehicle with the aid of a wire.
He, however, pleaded for forgiveness, saying he would never be involved in car stealing again if he is released.
“I stole cars and sold them off. I normally sold to Sakiru (his co-accused). I have stolen only six cars. I brought the cars from Lagos to sell in Ilorin. I stole my first car in 2013,”Oluomo said.
His co-accused, who identified himself simply as Sakiru, said he was arraigned for car theft sometime ago, but the case was later settled out of court.
He claimed that since then, he had been an informant to the police, exposing to security operatives people involved in car theft.
Sakiru said the devil pushed him into receiving a stolen car which led to his arrest by the police.
He also expressed remorse for his action, saying he would never receive or buy stolen vehicles again.
Another suspected receiver of stolen cars, Alhaji Oba Suleiman, who wept intermittently when they were being paraded by the police, said he sometimes bought stolen cars for as little as N25,000.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Police Command, Mr. Ajayi Okesanmi, said the suspects were arrested in Ilorin on Monday by the anti-car theft team of the command through the efforts of the men of the command’s Intelligence and Investigation Department.
According to him, the suspects led the team to recover five different cars from different locations.
The PPRO stated that the recovered exhibits included one Mazda 626 car with registration number MUS 995 DC; Rav 4 Toyota SUV with registration number ARP 123 MY; Volkswagen bus with registration number EQ 819 ABY; Toyota comfort car with registration number BB 855 MWR and Toyota bus with registration number APP 965 CX.