Operatives of the Ogun State police Command have been assisted by an auto mechanic in arresting one Mr Wariz Taofeek who allegedly stole a mini bus.
The state Police spokesperson, Omolola Odutola told newsmenon Friday that the suspect was arrested on November 7, 2023 through the “brilliant verification skill of an automobile engineer in Ifo, Ogun State”.
Odutola disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer in Ifo apprehended the suspect while he was attempting to alter the body of the vehicle.
She said the mechanic had become suspicious when the suspect and another individual brought the mini bus marked, BDG 104 YH, to his workshop for repairs.
Odutola stated: “Realizing that the vehicle might be stolen, the mechanic requested the necessary documents from the suspects, before he could commence repairs, which they were unable to provide. He also asked for the phone number of the rightful owner of the bus, but the suspects could not provide any particulars.
“In an attempt to deceive the mechanic, the suspects asked to use the mechanic phone to call the owner of the bus, hoping to insert their own SIM card. However, the mechanic’s quick wits allowed him to see through their ruse, and the suspect managed to escape the scene,”
The police swung into action and eventually apprehended Wariz after being alerted by the mechanic.
“During the interrogation, Wariz confessed to have stolen the bus from Ikorodu,” the police spokesperson confirmed.
Meanwhile, Abiodun Alamutu, the Commissioner of Police, “has expressed his admiration for the mechanic’s assistance in apprehending the culprits”, encouraging other artisans to follow his example.