We steal and sell Micra cars for N70,000 each
Two suspects arrested in Oyo State have confessed to selling three of the five Nissan Micra cars they stole for 70,000 Naira each.
The suspects, Ajibola Abayomi and Makinde Tunji, were arrested last Friday in the Olopometa area of Ibadan by the Oyo State Command of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun Body.
Amotekun Deputy Corps Commander, Mr. Kazeem Babalola Akinro, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspects were stealing Micra cars in the city, which they would bring to the buyer in Ijora in Lagos State.
Akinro said that before the duo went on display, they successfully stole five Micra cars, but managed to bring three to the point of sale while two were abandoned where they broke down.
He added that the suspects would be transferred to State Police Command for further investigation.
In an interview, Abayomi, a 31-year-old driver, said he was arrested by Amotekun Corps after his partner, Tunji, was arrested for breaking into a store and stealing.
“My friend’s (Tunji) arrest led to mine. He was arrested for breaking into a store. During his confession to Amotekun Corps, he told them that we stole Micra cars there where they were parked. That’s how I was also arrested,” he said.
“Tunji is the one who has a link with our link in Lagos. He was looking for a vehicle that we would choose. After telling me, I would take him there in my own Micra car. Sometimes I would not accompany him. He would go alone, all I would do is give him the money he needed or a battery for the car.
“He would take the Micra car to the buyer from Ijora in Lagos. He would then receive 10,000 Naira as partial payment, with a balance of 60,000 Naira paid afterwards. So the amount we sold the stolen car was 70 Naira ,000. We used to share it equally.
He confirmed the deputy commander’s statement, saying he and his partner started the crime in May and stole five Micra cars, three of which were successfully taken to Lagos State while the other two were abandoned in a place along the road when they became irreparable. defaults.
Asked about the cost of a used Micra to sell as scrap, Abayomi said it would be between N300,000 and 350,000, while a Tokunbo would cost around N1.5 million.
Abayomi said Tunji has been with him since he was young, adding that he was also the one who trained him to drive.
“At one point he went to Lagos and was driving a bus. We saw him again when he returned to Ibadan. Tunji started doing ‘errands’ (stealing Micra cars) and it was me who I used to give him my car key because she can open others. He didn’t use the master key.
“We stole all the vehicles in Olopometa, Moradeyo and Iwo Road areas, but those in Iwo Road were found by their owners where they were abandoned,” Abayomi said.
He also confessed that two of them smoked Indian hemp.
Stating that he fell into temptation to commit a crime due to greed and covetousness, Abayomi lamented his fate, saying his wife is currently pregnant.
In his own confession, Tunji from the Lalupon community in Ibadan corroborated Ajibola’s account, saying he was the one who led Amotekun agents to his partner’s home for his arrest after being interrogated.