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RRS Saves Car Thief From Jungle Justice, Take Him Into Custody

Michael  and the Mercedes Benz
Posted: Jul 15, 2016 at 3:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Chukwudi Nweje


Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, saved one Benjamin Michael, 27 from death in the hands of a mob that wanted to lynch him.

Michael had attempted to steal a Mercedes Benz A-Class with the registration number UB 202 AAA from the park at a popular nightclub in Ikeja.

He however ran out of luck when guests at the club sighted him and beat him up. He was saved by the RRS on routine patrol saved him from the mob and took him to hospital for medical attention before he was taken to the RRS headquarters in Ikeja.

The suspect, from Ughelli in Delta State, confessed that his plan was to steal the vehicle and take it out of Lagos to a neighbouring country to sell.

“I took a wrap of Indian-hemp before I went to the club that night. On getting to the club, I was looking for a car whose door was not locked. Then, I started opening all the vehicles parked at the club’s parking space one after the other.

“I discovered that the car in question was not locked, which gave me free entry into it. I entered the car quietly with the aim of removing it from where it was parked.

“As I entered the car, I saw a group of men coming towards me. I still pretended as if the car was mine. When they got to my side, they asked me if the car was mine. Unknown to me, the owner of the car was with them.

“I confidently told them the car belonged to me. They dragged me out of the vehicle and started beating me. If not for the timely intervention of the RRS officers, they would have killed me that night,” he said.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Dolapo Badmus, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lagos State Command, confirmed the arrest, and added that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation was completed.

She advised car owners to ensure that they securely lock their cars when they park in public places.