Men of Kwara State Police Command have nabbed a 27 -year- old taxi driver, Kayode Aliyu for motorcycle theft.
The taxi driver was arrested alongside his accomplice, a 25-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Jamiu Kareem.
The suspects from Adeta and Ita-Merin areas of Ilorin, respectively were said to have stolen a Bajaj motorcycle.
According to police source, the case was reported by the victim, Lateef Saliman at Police Commissioner’s Surveillance Office at the Area Commander office, Ilorin.
The source said, “The victim said sometimes in July, his Bajaj motorcycle with the registration number DE 210 YH was stolen.”
The source added that the victim had worked late into the night and on getting home he parked his motorcycle and went inside to urinate.
“But to his surprise when he went outside again, his motorcycle was nowhere to be found. Saliman told the police that he suspected that Aliyu had carried out the nefarious act.
” The victim said while he was searching for his stolen motorcycle, he saw Aliyu along Adeta and told him that his Bajaj was missing.
“Aliyu then told him that Kareem has a friend, Abdullahi Oju Owo who wanted to sell a motorcycle, an information, which led to their waterloo.”
The surveillance team were said to have swung into action, which led to arrest of the duo.
“During investigation, the surveillance team recovered another Bajaj motorcycle with registration number LAR-266-QJ from Kareem, with the headlight of Saliman’s stolen motorcycle on it.
“Kareem confessed that the motorcycle light was sold to him by Abdullahi Oju-Owo who is now at large.
“Kareem also confessed that they belong to a gang that specialised in robbing people of their motorcycles within Ilorin and its environs.
The police source added that efforts to recover the stolen motorcycle proved abortive.
“The suspects are helping the police to arrest Abdullahi and other members of their gang,” the source told our reporter.
Efforts to get the state Police spokesperson, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi on the development proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to his phones were not responded to at the time of filing this report.