23 Nov 2016

See Photo of Former Nigerian Soldier Arrested for Snatching a Car in Delta

The ex-soldier after he was caught

A former Nigerian soldier and his gang members have been arrested by the police in Delta State after they snatched a car.

The men were paraded by the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, while addressing journalists at the command headquarters in Asaba on Wednesday.

The former army officer, identified as Mr. Ibrahim, Abubakar, it was gathered had deserted the Army in 2013 and was nabbed after the other gang members had been rounded up. He hails from Tudun Wada quarters of Zaria, Kaduna State.

He was nabbed following a confession by the principal suspect, Stanley Vincent, that the former soldier usually escorted vehicles snatched by the gang to a receiver in Kaduna.

"At about 1700hrs, while on stop and search on PTI Road, Effurun, operatives of 51 Police Mobile Force, Oghara, accosted one Toyota Corolla car with registration number EKY 128 DM and was carrying four occupants.

"Two of the occupants took to their heels as soon as the vehicle was stopped for a search.

"One Happy Sunday, a 24-year old male, and Stanley Vincent, 29, were arrested," said the CP.

In the Process, the police recovered two locally made pistols, six AR live cartridges, handsets, and charms belonging to the gang. The car has been handed over to the owner, one Mrs. Nwamaka Nwizu of Aka Avenue, Effurun. Mrs. Nwizu.

The ex- soldier's arrest was made possible on November 11,

Explaining how the soldier was caught, the CP explained that he made a phone call to the former soldier through the suspect and an arrangement for him to escort a Toyota Avalon car was made.

He (the ex-soldier) requested that the vehicle be taken to their meeting point in Benin, where detectives arrested him. "He introduced himself as a soldier and presented a Nigerian Army I.D card bearing Rank: Corporal, Name: Sani Abubakar and P/No. 2005/NA/57/3561.

However, the suspect has confessed to the crime and revealed that he enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 2005, trained at Zaria Depot and was posted to Supply and Transport, 3 Division, Nigerian Army, Jos, Plateau State, but deserted the Army in 2013," Mr. Ibrahim told reporters.

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