25-year-old Navy officer, Ibrahim Adamu and 26-year-old officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abdullahi Abdulwahab, have been arrested by the police over an alleged armed robbery and a car snatching in Edo State.
The State Police spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, while parading the Navy and Prison officers on Tuesday, said the suspects were arrested in military uniforms in Ekpoma by a crack team of the command based on credible information.
Nwabuzor said the suspects attacked the driver of an unregistered C300 Mercedes Benz car in Sapele, Delta State, snatched the car from him, and also forced him to transfer a sum of N400,000 to their account.
He said the suspects were to take the car to Abuja and sell it when they were arrested by the police in Ekpoma, Edo state.
He added, “The suspects have made statements and claimed to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy and Correctional Service respectively.”
Nwabuzor said the vehicle and military uniform were also recovered from the suspects.
Speaking with journalists, Ibrahim Adamu, who was recruited into the Nigeria Navy in 2019, said he was arrested for stealing a Mercedes Benz C300 car in Delta state.
“I was recruited into the Navy in 2019. I worked in Lokoja, Kogi state before I was posted to Warri, Delta state. It was when I went on a course in Sapele that I made the plan to steal a vehicle.
“After my course, Abdulwahab came to visit me and my plans, assuring him that we would make money and he agreed to join me. We chatted about a tricycle from Warri to Sapele for the operation.
“We saw a vehicle without a number plate in Sapele, we asked him to stop but he refused. We pursued him to a village where he finally stopped. And I told him, we are taking him to our office for driving an unregistered vehicle and he pleaded that we should settle the matter there but we refused.
“I took over the steering from him and started driving but when we got to Oghara Road, he offered us money to settle the matter and I told him to pay N500,000 but he paid N400,000 to a Point of Sale account which I gave him and was later transferred to me. We were driving to Abuja to sell the car when the police arrested us.”
On his part, Abdulwahab, a correctional service officer in Kaduna State, said Adamu invited Warri for the job, saying this is his first time being involved in a robbery.