In its continued effort of “ Safer Lagos” campaign by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, the operatives of Rapid Response Squad, (RRS), of the State Police Command.
Sources said the Toyota Camry salon vehicle with registration number, MUS-245-DD was recovered,on October 10, from car thieves along Ago-Okota Palace Way in Lagos.
Commenting on the recovery Commander RRS, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Olatunji Disu, who confirmed the recovery of the vehicle, said that the police patrol motorcycle riders intercepted the saloon car along Okota axis, while the thieves had bolted.
According to him, “The victim of the stolen vehicle had reported to the nearest police station closed to his residence in Isheri-Osun, immediately the car was snatched from him.
“We were informed and we sent the signal to our control rooms which they in turn relayed the information to all police divisions and commands in the state.
At that point, my men were all at alert by scrutinizing thoroughly occupants of any Toyota Camry saw on sight.
“However, as the robbers saw the patrol riders on their way going at Ago-Okota Palace way, they instantly abandoned the vehicle on the middle of the road and took to their heels.
“The Policemen moved closer to the car and discovered that it was the stolen vehicle which was reported from their control room some minutes before the discovery. And the car was recovered and taken to the Police Headquarters in Alausa”, the Commander added.
The owner of the Saloon car, Mr. Tajudeen Olatunji, who was visibly elated on seeing his vehicle at the premises of the RRS, praised the policemen for the swift response to his distress call after the car was snatched from him at the gun point.
“I really thanked the RRS men for doing their jobs diligently. I have lost hope on that car but when they called me that my car has been recovered my joy knows no bound,” he said.
While recounting his ordeals to the Police, Olatunji narrated, “It was on Thursday morning when all Muslims were in festive mood. I set out of my house to grind pepper at nearby shop with my brother. Suddenly, some young men numbering about four pointed a gun at me and asked me to hand over my car keys to them or else they will shoot me. I gave them the car key, the thieves rushed in and drove away,” he explained.
He added that apart from the car that was snatched, those thieves also went away with N200,000 naira cash and a gold-necklace and ring worth about N77,000.