Niger State Police said they arrested Sylvanus Ishaku, 24, from Dikko, Tarfa local government area, with a stolen Toyota Matrix vehicle marked MNA492TC.
Police said the suspect was arrested on 2/15/2022 at approximately 6:42 p.m. based on credible intelligence received by officers attached to Paiko Division.
This was contained in a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Niger State Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune on Thursday in Minna.
He said the suspect allegedly snatched said vehicle in the Brighter area of Minna from a female victim who entered his compound at gunpoint, and drove away via Suleja Road, pointing out that the thief alleged car had been stopped at Ali Gabadna Junction, Paiko, Paikoro Local Government Area or State while trying to escape with the vehicle.
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The statement added that during a search, a toy gun was recovered from the suspect, while the preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had snatched the vehicle using the toy gun.
“During questioning, the suspect confessed to the crime and claimed that he had left Dikko in Minna since December 2021 and purchased the toy gun from a supermarket in Minna.
“He further confessed that he resides in an unfinished building in the Shango area, on the outskirts of Minna, and usually roams the locality, looking for a suitable situation and a target to to hit.
“He said he intended to bring the vehicle to Abuja to sell it to raise money for his personal use. The matter is being investigated,” the PPRO said. .