A 34-year-old man, Iwueze Kingsley, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team in Lagos for stealing a car and other valuables belonging to an Uber driver.The suspect had lured his unsuspecting victim named Clifford Echereode to a bar in the #FESTAC area of Lagos on the night of April 22, 2019 under the pretence of needing his taxi service. .
According to the IRT led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, Kingsley approached Echereode to pick up his brother, who he claimed was returning to Nigeria from Ghana that night.But moments after engaging his service, the suspect, pretending to be nice, persuaded the victim to follow him to the said bar to take some drinks and barbecued meat, popularly known as suya, while they waited for a few more minutes before heading to the airport. .
Upon getting to the place, Kingsley, who had perfected his plan, offered the driver the suya he had already laced with a drug known as ‘antivan’.
The taxi driver soon dozed off, allowing the suspect to escape with his Toyota Corolla car marked GGG 720 FK, an Infinix android smartphone and other valuables. .
Upon receiving a complaint from the victim, the IRT, based on credible intelligence, swung into action, tracked and arrested Kingsley.
While being interrogated, the suspect confessed to the crime, revealing the activities of his gang and their mode of operation.He disclosed that after applying the sedative on the food or drink of their victims, they take their vehicles to the Eastern part of the country where it is sold by one of the members. .
Following his confession, the police were able to also arrest other members of the notorious syndicate including Moses Ugwu, Ugwoueke Euphemia and Onyebuchi Odoh, who receives the stolen items before they are sold.