Mr Abdul-Majid Ali, Zone 2 Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police, told newsmen that the suspect was arrested along with 14 others by the newly-created Zonal Investigation Squad (ZIS). Report says that the officials of Ogun state Police command have arrested a local chief in Kokoro near Idiroko for allegedly being part of a car snatching syndicate in the border area of Ogun State.
Another member of the gang, also an ex-convict, confessed that the syndicate specialised in stealing cars from Nigeria and taking them to Benin Republic.
According to the police, the suspect, a 49-year-old ex-convict, and his gang are notorious for terrorising residents of border towns in Idiroko area.
“I am an ex-convict and I was in prison in 2005 where I spent a year for armed robbery.
“I was called last week to Abeokuta where I was arrested for being in possession of an AK-47 rifle which I know nothing about,” said the suspect.
“I kept an AK-47 in possession of the local chief, but was arrested with a locally made short gun and 10 live cartridges,” he added.
According to the police, members of the gang were arrested on their way to rob a fish depot in Ijoko area of Ogun State.