Three suspected members of a carjacking syndicate allegedly involved in selling vehicles stolen in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in Niger Republic, have been rounded up by the police.
The suspects – Usman Shehu, 29; Abdullahi Magaji, 27 and 28-year-old Abdulraman Zakari – were reportedly apprehended along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, Zaria in Kaduna and Kano states respectively.
City Round learnt that operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team acting on a tip-off mounted a road block along the expressway and arrested Shehu while he was driving a Hilux van to Kaduna.
Shehu aka Biggie reportedly told the policemen that he was taking the vehicle to Magaji in Zaria and that he had delivered 11 vehicles – mainly Toyota Corolla and Hilux – to the man between 2019 and 2020.
Three suspected carjackers who allegedly sold the vehicles to one Alhaji Baba in Niger Republic through Magaji were said to be at large. They were identified simply as one Abdul, Sherif and Bashiru.
It was gathered that Shehu led the detectives to arrest Magaji, who in turn led the operatives to nab Kano-based Zakari, said to be fabricating master keys used for stealing vehicles.
“Magaji is also into car theft and we recovered five vehicles, three Honda civic cars and two golf wagon cars, from him. We also arrested a key maker that fabricated keys for the gang. Alhaji Baba makes orders for the keys from which they use to steal vehicles,” a police source said.
Shehu, who claimed to be a graduate of Electrical Engineering, said he was into installation of meters and transformers but was accused of a fraud which made him spend 11 months in an Abuja prison before he was released on bail.