Two young men were on Tuesday arrested by police for alleged trying to steal a car beside the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national Headquarters, Abuja.
The alleged car thieves, James Ayuba from Nasarawa State and Abdul Bello from Kwara State, who are in their mid-30s were arrested along Michael Okpara Street, Wuse Zone 6, adjacent PDP Headquarters, Abuja.
But Ayuba who said he is an electrician, resides in Sharp corner, Mararaba denied the allegation just as Bello who claims to be an auto mechanic argued that has no business with car snatching but was on a job hunt.
There have been cases of car vandalisation and theft at the premises, the most recent happening barely three weeks ago.
However, luck was said to have ran out of the two alleged car thieves when a street photographer became curious about what was described as their suspicious movement around a Honda car popularly called Honda Baby boy with the registration number Abuja BF 438 KWL which was packed along the road. The photographer quickly alerted the police men stationed at the PDP headquarters, who swung into action and arrested the alleged thieves.
Ayuba while maintaining his innocence denied being an accomplice of Bello, claiming that he was on his way to submit his Curriculum Vitae (CV) at the Federal Island Revenue Service. But his claim was puntured when the police dialed Bello’s phone number on Ayuba’s phone and ‘Acid’ appeared as the caller name.
Staff of FIRS and several others whose card were stolen stormed the PDP secretariat, demanding that the alleged criminals should be released to them in order to help in the recovery of their missing vehicles.
Items recovered from them include scissors, spanners, keys and other technical tools.
But a police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the two suspects confessed to the crime. The officer added that the alleged thieves said their intention was to steal the car battery, while still denying that they are professional car criminals.
It was gathered that the suspects were to be taken to Wuse Police station for further interrogation even as staff of FIRS demanded that they be taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) Office.
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