A vehicle, which was stolen at a park in one of the churches at the Ikeja business district in Lagos State and seven others, have been recovered at an auto shop in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Two persons, including the owner of the auto shop, have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), who tracked the stolen vehicle to Abeokuta.
The auto owner confessed to be aware that the vehicles were stolen, but claimed that it was late for him to back out of the illicit business.
The operatives of the RRS, who were working on a reported case of stolen Toyota Corolla, tracked the vehicle, Thursday night, to a compound in Kobape, Abeokuta, belonging to a car dealer.
According to the report, it was gathered that the grey-coloured Toyota Corolla, 2004 model, with registration number, KRD 759, belonging to Mrs Olaitan Lawal, was removed from the car park during a church programme at Ikeja, at about 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, before it was found around 1.00 a.m. on Friday.
According to the owner of the car, “I took my car to the church and I parked it at the space designated for parking. After the church service, I went back to pick my car to go home, but I couldn’t find the car.
She continued that “immediately, I called Lagos emergency line on 112 and I reported to the representative. I also went straight to Area F in Ikeja, to equally lodge the complaint. At the station, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) connected me to the Commander of RRS, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olatunji Disu, as capable hand to handle the case.”
The RRS surveillance team moved to Abeokuta that same night, leading to the arrest of two prime suspects, who have confessed their connection to the recovered Corolla and seven other stolen cars currently at the RRS headquarters.