By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Men of Ogun state police command on Tuesday, arrested one Kazeem Olanrewaju, who was given a Toyota Venza car with registration number APP 775 GB to wash at Festac town, Lagos State but rather chose to abscond with it with the intention of disposing it off at neighbouring Republic of Benin.
According to statement from the Spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi on Wednesday, Kazeem Olanrewaju was reportedly arrested when the DPO of Idiroko Division, CSP Shadrach Oriloye was on routine patrol with his men.
CSP Shadrach Oriloye was said to have sighted the Venza car without number plate, driven in a suspicious manner and there and then flagged it down, but instead of the driver to stop, he ran away.
The driver of the car was said to have been hotly chased and apprehended. On searching the vehicle, it was discovered that the number plate of the vehicle was removed and kept in the car.
On interrogation, Kazeem was said to have confessed that he was working with a car wash in Festac town Lagos State, and was given the car by a customer to wash while the owner went to a nearby barbing saloon to have his hair cut.
He explained further that however, before the arrival of the owner of the car, since the car key was in his possession, he decided to run away with the car and was on his way to the neighbouring Benin Republic when he was caught by the DPO and his men.
Preliminary investigation according to the police revealed that the case was reported at Festac town police station by the owner of the car and the station had been on lookout for possible recovery of the car.
The police said the Festac station had since been informed of the recovery.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered a thorough investigation into the past activities of the suspect before handing him over to Lagos State Police Command for prosecution.