Suspected car thief poses as potential buyer and absconds with Honda vehicle during test drive in Bauchi

Operatives of the Jigawa State Police Command have arrested a suspected thief, Lawan Sabil, who stole a Honda vehicle from a car stand in Bauchi State. 



Spokesperson of the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, September 17, 2023, said the suspect and his two accomplices absconded with the vehicle during a test drive after posing as potential buyers. 



According to the PPRO, the suspects pleaded to go for a test before they made the payment, but one of the sales attendants insisted on going along with them. 



However, on their way, the suspected thieves pushed out the attendant and zoomed off with the car. 


“Today Sunday, September 17th, 2023 at about 1120hrs, a patrol team from B/ Kudu Divisional Police Headquarters, arrested one Lawan Sabil ‘m’ age 35yrs of Gwarimpa Quarters FCT Abuja, in possession of one Honda motor vehicle, white in colour without registration number, strongly suspected to be stolen,” the statement read.


“All efforts to stop the vehicle proved abortive when the patrol men sighted the vehicle at a high speed from a far distance, as the driver was very anxious and refused to slow down


“While trying to dodge the police, he smashed the cyclist in his front, as a result, the vehicle got hooked and forcefully stopped


“The suspect opened the door and took to his heels, later he was arrested and brought to the station. Likewise, the cyclist was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated and discharged


Initially, a distress call was received from neighbouring Bauchi State that, unknown persons numbering about three (3) went to S Fawa Motors along Murtala Muhammad Way Bauchi State, and pretended to buy the said car. 


“They pleaded to go for a test before they made the payment, but one of the sales attendants insisted on going along with them. On their way, the suspected motor vehicle thieves forcefully expelled him and zoomed off with the said car, leaving him stranded. Henceforth, the patrol men were detailed


“The rightful owner of the vehicle Usman Zubairu ‘m’ age 40yrs of Federal Locust Bauchi has since surfaced


“The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Effiom Emmanuel Ekot, directed that the case should be transferred to SCID Dutse for discreet investigation, upon completion of the investigation, the suspect (s) will be arraigned in court to face the full weight of the law.” 

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