According to the state command spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, a Navy officer identified as Ibrahim Adamu, 25, and an officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abdullahi Abdulwahab, 26, were apprehended for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery and car snatching incident.
The Edo State Police Command conducted the arrest with the assistance of a crack team, who acted upon credible intelligence, in Ekpoma, where the suspects were found wearing military uniforms. The suspects reportedly seized an unregistered C300 Mercedes Benz car in Sapele, Delta State, and assaulted the driver.
They further forced the driver to transfer a sum of N400,000 to their account. The police arrested the suspects in Ekpoma, Edo state, while they were transporting the car to Abuja for sale.
He added, “The suspects have made statements and claimed to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy and Correctional Service, respectively.”
The spokesperson for the Edo State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed that the suspects were also in possession of military uniforms and the stolen car was also recovered from them.
During an interview with journalists, Ibrahim Adamu, who was enlisted in the Nigeria Navy in 2019, admitted to being arrested for snatching a Mercedes Benz C300 car in Delta state.
“I was recruited into the Navy in 2019. I worked in Lokoja, Kogi state, before I was posted to Warri, Delta state. It was when I went on a course in Sapele that I made the plan to steal a vehicle.
“After my course, Abdulwahab came to visit me and my plans, assuring him that we would make money, and he agreed to join me. We chatted about a tricycle from Warri to Sapele for the operation.
“We saw a vehicle without a number plate in Sapele, we asked him to stop, but he refused. We pursued him to a village, where he finally stopped. And I told him we are taking him to our office for driving an unregistered vehicle, and he pleaded that we should settle the matter there, but we refused.
“I took over the steering from him and started driving, but when we got to Oghara Road, he offered us money to settle the matter, and I told him to pay N500,000, but he paid N400,000 to a Point of Sale account, which I gave him and was later transferred to me. We were driving to Abuja to sell the car when the police arrested us.”
Abdulwahab, an officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service based in Kaduna State, stated that Adamu had invited him to participate in the robbery. He also claimed that this was his first time being involved in such an activity.