Driver steals boss’s truck, arrested while trying to sell for N400, 000

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A truck driver has been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command. The suspect, who had earlier been convicted for the theft of a motorcycle, may be on his way back to prison for alleged theft of a MAN Diesel truck.

Arrested alongside the suspect, Yisa Nwachukwu was the alleged buyer of the stolen truck, Yusuf Sanusi.

According to a press release made available to Crimepuzzle, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said “The suspects were arrested following information received by the DPO Onipanu Division, Otta, SP Sangobiyi Johnson, to the effect that a Man Diesel truck was brought into Ojolowo Sawmill in Otta, where it was being dismantled, after sale to Sanusi.

Oyeyemi added that, “On receipt of the information, the DPO, Onipanu led his detectives to the scene where Yisa Nwachukwu, who had earlier been arrested for stealing a Bajaj motorcycle, charged to court and convicted, was again arrested together with the receiver, Yusuf Sanusi.

The statement further pointed that, “On interrogation, Yisa Nwachukwu stated that he was employed as a driver by the owner of the truck, one Alhaji Owonifaari, adding that he decided to abscond with the truck on the ground of unpaid salary.

Giving further insight into the inglorious act, Nwachukwu said, while on his way to Nsuka in Enugu State, the truck developed a mechanical fault and that since he had no money to fix it, he called the receiver, Yusuf Sanusi, who met him at Ore in Ondo State where they sealed up the negotiation for 400,000 and thereafter towed it to the spot..

The PPRO also disclosed that at the spot of arrests of the duo, a stolen Gulf Bus with registration number FKJ 932 XS, belonging to one Kingsley Unaka, was recovered.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, who commended his men for a Job well done, advised members of the public to always have a background check on whoever they want to employ, so as not to have an armed robber as a staff”, Oyeyemi said .

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