A group of car theft gang was captured in Ilorin, the state capital,  by Kwara state police officers.

The eight conspiracy members were apprehended while reportedly disassembling a stolen Nissan Almera, ash in color, with Lagos registration number AKD919AU.

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The accused hoodlums were apprehended at a landfill site near the Madi area on the Okolowo/Jebba Expressway in Ilorin, where they were spotted destroying an automobile stolen at gunpoint in Lagos state and transported to Ilorin, Kwara state.

Toun Ejire-Adeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the development and stated that two members of the syndicate, Olarewaju Sukirulahi and an individual known as “Old Soldier,” are still at large, with efforts underway to locate and apprehend them.

“At approximately 1200hrs on May 24, 2024, detectives were alerted to suspicious activities at a dump site near the Madi area along the Okolowo/Jebba Expressway in Ilorin, where individuals were seen dismantling a car.”

“When police arrived at the site, Abdulateef Abdulwahab, Wasiu Musa, and Tajudeen Abdulrasak were detained. A demolished Nissan Almera in ash with the Lagos registration number AKD919AU was discovered.

“During questioning, the suspects supplied information that led to the arrest of four other accomplices: Usman Oseni, Abdulrasheed Jimoh, Abdulrasak Jamiu Ayinde, and Lukman Ibrahim, all of whom live in Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Preliminary investigations indicated that the Nissan Almera was seized at gunpoint in Lagos State and brought to Ilorin for dismantling and resale.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Victor Olaiya, commends the officers participating in this operation for their prompt and professional conduct.

He emphasizes the Kwara State Police Command’s commitment to all citizens’ safety and security. Theft and other criminal actions will not be permitted in Kwara State, and those who commit such offenses will face the full force of the law.