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I sell stolen cars to senior officers - Man who claims to be a Naval Rating tells police

Lagos State Police have arrested a 50-year-old sailor, Oyewole Femi, who’s believed to be the pinnacle of a automobile theft syndicate working in and round Lagos.

The suspect confessed to promoting many of the stolen automobiles to senior naval officers.

DailyTrust experiences that Oyewole, who was arrested alongside three others recognized as Joshua Adeleke (41), Kabiru Ismaila (38) and Ukpabi Brilliant Ikechukwu (39), claimed to serve on the Naval Command Headquarters within the ‘West.

“I’m a serving naval officer hooked up to Western Naval Command Headquarters, Naval Base, Harbor Highway, Apapa. I’m the chief of a automobile theft gang. I served within the Nigerian Navy for 22 years. I used to be arrested for related offenses by the police. I additionally acquired greater than 15 models of autos from my gang members.

In 2016, I used to be turned over to Western Naval Command when the police found I used to be a serving naval officer for vital disciplinary motion.

I used to be later arrested alongside Joshua Adeleke and Kabiru Ismaila for the same offense by officers of the defunct Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) in 2019, the place seven models of autos had been recovered from me.

I used to be handed over to naval authorities for vital disciplinary motion, whereas Joshua and Kabiru had been prosecuted.

When requested why he was allowed to go away, the suspect replied;

“No disciplinary motion has been taken in opposition to me as among the receivers of the stolen autos are senior officers within the Nigerian Navy.”

For his half, Joshua Adeleke admitted to having snatched up many autos with Ismaila and that every one the automobiles had been handed over to Oyewole who offered them.

”Oyewole is our financier. It’s on the premise of his directions that we exit to steal automobiles, after which we hand them over to him.

We’ve offered over 25 autos to Oyewole Femi. He buys them at ridiculous costs akin to N100,000 and N150,000. He pays us the cash in items; typically N40,000 and typically N80,000. We offered him the latest gold mannequin Toyota Camry 1999 with registration quantity MUS 499 AM for N100,000. he stated

The Assistant Inspector Common of Police (AIG) answerable for Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun States), Adeyinka Oyeleke, whereas parading the suspects, stated he obtained intelligence data on December 20, 2022, {that a} gang of automobile thieves stole a sufferer of a golden Toyota Sienna and offered it to one in all their consumers and that the world sprang into motion and arrested the suspects.

Confirming Oyewole’s arrest, Western Naval Command spokesman Commander Edward Yeibo stated Oyewole was mendacity about promoting stolen automobiles to senior officers.

“It is a lie from the pit of hell. No senior serving naval officer will purchase a stolen automobile as a result of they know the implications,” he stated.

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