By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Police operatives in Lagos have uncovered a total number of 238 air-conditioners hidden in a warehouse, suspected to have been stolen.
At least five suspects have been arrested in connection with the theft and are now in police custody.
The suspects, named as Igwe Nchoeu ‘M: 48 years, Moses Eghaghe ‘M’ 51 years. Suleman Aremu ‘M’ 65 years, Obinna Abiodun ‘M’ 40 years.
Samuel Ogujiofor ‘M’ 34 years were said to have been arrested at Iyana- IRA where the warehouse is located.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command, Edgal Imohimi, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Monday said the discovery was made on July 25th 2018, following intelligence information from the public.
He added that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) following the intelligence information.
Edgal revealed that a total number of 238 pieces of Royal Air conditioner products were recovered from the warehouse during a search by the operatives.
According to the police boss, the suspects confessed to have stolen the goods and mentioned one Francis, now at large as the ringleader and owner of the truck used in conveying the goods.
He said further investigation took detectives to Sango Otta, where the said vehicle, a Mack truck, unregistered, was parked for sale.
His words, “On the 25/07/2018, Our Intelligence Unit came up with information that an unspecified number of air-conditioners believed to be stolen from its owner, are being off loaded in to a warehouse at Iyana-Ira area of Lagos State.
The Intelligence gathered was subsequently passed to FSARS Operatives for action. They went to Iyana-Ira, located the warehouse and arrested the following persons:
Igwe Nchoeu ‘M: 48 years
Moses Eghaghe ‘M’ 51 years.
Suleman Aremu ‘M’ 65 years
Obinna Abiodun ‘M’ 40 years.
Samuel Ogujiofor ‘M’ 34 years.
The warehouse where the air-conditioners were kept was immediately searched and a total of two hundred and thirty eight (238) pieces of Royal Air-Conditioner products were recovered.
During interrogation, they confessed that they stole the goods and mentioned one Francis ‘M’ as their ring leader and the owner of the truck used in conveying the stolen items.
In the course of investigation, the operatives went to Sango Otta and recovered the said vehicle, a Mack truck, unregistered, where it was parked for sale”.
Speaking further, the police commissioner said Investigation is ongoing on the matter, with a view to apprehending other suspects at large for prosecution.
He therefore called on anybody or company with legitimate claim to the goods to come forward with proof of ownership.