An alleged motorcycle snatcher, Chidi Umeh, who came all the way from Nnewi, Anambra State to snatch motorcycle at Owode-Egba in Ogun State has been arrested by the police.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect was arrested alongside an accomplice, Obinna Onyebuchi, on Monday.
He said the suspects drugged a commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Okada and dispossessed him of his bike, which had been their mode of operation in that axis for sometime now.
Oyeyemi said, “The two-man robbery gang specialised in drugging their victims before dispossessing them of their motorcycles.”
He said the duo were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisonal Police Officer, Owode Egbado Division, Olabisi Elebute, from the residents of Alanu area of Owode Yewa that the two men who have drugged a motorcyclist were about taking his bike away.
He added that as soon as the DPO got the distress call, she quickly led the anti-robbery team to the scene where the two suspects were apprehended with the help of members of the public.
On interrogation, Oyeyemi said Chidi Umeh who came all the way from Nnewi in Anambra State confessed to the commission of the crime, and said he deals in motorcycle spare parts
Oyeyemi added, “He said he used to come to Owode area to snatch motorcycles from the owners after drugging them through energy drink which he used to give his victims on a friendly note.
He said his accomplice, Obinna Onyebuchi, corroborated his confession, but he claimed that this was the first time he followed him out on robbery assignment.
The victim is said to be still in deep sleeping as at the time of filing this report in an unnamed hospital.
Oyeyemi said the suspects confessed to have snatched up to four motorcycles from the owners at different times.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence deptartment for discreet investigation.
The CP warned motorcyclists to stop taking any edible from their passangers who are total strangers to them in order to forestall the occurrence of such heinous crime.