A 40-year old driver, Mayowa Ogunmola, connived with other suspects, Femi Ayoade, 23 years old and Azeez Ibrahim, 34 years old and sold his boss’ N10m Toyota Prado Land Cruiser SUV for only N50,000, just two months after being employed in Lagos.
The incident took place at Anthony Village in Lagos, where the owner, Mr. Femi Mayaki, resided. The SUV with registration number, LSD 735BP, was recovered in Ogun State.
The police said that Ogunmola made away with the vehicle and gave it to one Femi who claimed to be a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate of the Kwara State University. He then sold it to Mr. Ibrahim for N50,000.
However, the three suspects were arrested by the operatives of FSARS and they recovered the vehicle at Ijebu-Ota in Ogun State.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, at the State Command where the suspects were paraded with the vehicle as exhibit.
The police boss said that on 18th July, 2018, the owner of the vehicle reported that Mr. Ogunmola made away with the SUV with his personal documents inside.
He said that based on the report, the operatives of FSARS were detailed and they moved into action which led to the arrest of the driver in a hideout at Ikorodu area of Lagos.
He said that when the driver was arrested, he confessed claiming that the devil tempted him to do so. He was later taken by the police to Ogun State where he claimed to have given the vehicle to Mr. Ayoade to get a buyer and sell it.
On getting to Ogun State, Ayoade was arrested and he confessed that he sold the vehicle to Mr. Ibrahim for N50,000 and then took the detectives to Ibrahim’s house where the vehicle was recovered.
CP Edgal said that the three suspects were in police custody and will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.
The owner of the SUV, Mr. Mayaki expressed delight about the diligent work by the police and said that he had learnt his lesson from the whole incident.