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Police nab suspected car snatcher in Rivers

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
18 September 2021   |   4:05 am
The Rivers State Police Command has said its operatives have nabbed a member of a car snatching syndicate in the state.

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The Rivers State Police Command has said its operatives have nabbed a member of a car snatching syndicate in the state.

The Command announced, Thursday, that its special unit, Octopus Strike Force, last Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Nnali Osita, male, an alleged member of a car snatching syndicate that specialises in robbing Bolt/Uber drivers in the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni, who disclosed this in a press statement, explained that its operatives swung into action following a complaint by a Delta State Bolt driver, Yusuf Ogunshola, who was attacked at gunpoint and dispossessed of his personal belongings, including withdrawing the sum of N87,000 from his bank account while on a hired trip to the state.

Omoni narrated: “While solving a case of car snatching reported by one Yusuf Ogunshola ‘m’, a Bolt driver who was hired from Effurun in Delta State to Port Harcourt, only to be taken to Abel Jumbo street in Mile Two Diobu Port Harcourt, where two other members were already waiting.

“On arrival, the Bolt driver was attacked at gunpoint and dispossessed of his personal belongings, including withdrawing the sum of N87,000 from his bank account.

“He was thereafter locked in a toilet belonging to a new generation church on the same street.

“In the course of our investigation, operatives got some clues which ultimately led them to Gambia street in Diobu, where they had perfected plans to sell the said car.

“However, on sighting the police, they abandoned the car and took to flight but the suspect, Nnali Osita, was not lucky, as he was arrested, while others escaped.”

Omoni, however, said efforts had been intensified towards ensuring that fleeing members of the gang would be arrested, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, has vowed to come hard on all miscreants in the state.

He said: “Efforts have been intensified to ensure that the fleeing gang members are arrested and their operational weapons recovered.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday, has vowed to come hard on all miscreants in the state and is hereby advising all Bolt/Uber or anybody in the transportation business to be circumspect and shun all mouth-watering offers; being the antics deployed by these criminals to attack their victims.”

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