The Niger State Police Command apprehended a suspected car thief known as Nathaniel Andrew, leading to the successful recovery of a stolen Toyota Corolla vehicle.
The suspect was apprehended along the Minna-Suleja road while en route to Gbaiko to visit his parents.
According to a statement by DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the spokesperson of the command, the police patrol team attached to Paiko Division, made the arrest on January 3, 2024, at approximately 5:00 pm.
“On 03/01/2024 at about 1700hrs, the Police patrol team attached to Paiko Division arrested one Nathaniel Andrew aged 32yrs of Gbaiko area of Minna, with a Toyota Corolla LE vehicle, red in colour without a registration number suspected to have been stolen,” the statement read.
According to the statement, Nathaniel was trying to sell the spare tire of the vehicle to raise money to repair the mechanical fault developed on the way, claiming that he had no money in his possession. These actions were suspicious, and he was arrested.
During interrogation, Nathaniel confessed to stealing the vehicle from the Central Area, Abuja.
He explained that he found the vehicle key on the car door and used it to drive the vehicle away to Minna, stating that he intended to sell the stolen vehicle in Kaduna before his arrest.
The police have transferred him to the Crack Squad unit for further investigation and prosecution.