From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Police in Abraka Police Division in Delta State have arrested six suspected car snatchers in the town on Sunday and recovered two vehicles.
The Police spokesman in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to our reporter said: “the suspects were arrested by Anti-robbery squad attached to Abraka Police Division who were on routine patrol, they stopped the suspects, and on search and interrogation, they discovered that were criminals who stole the two cars they were in, the six suspects have made useful statements to the police”, adding that they will be charged to court on completion of investigation.
It was gathered that Abraka town, and its environs have been under siege of car snatching in the last few months, a situation described by many victims as pathetic.
The car robbers, our informed sources said allegedly use master keys to steal cars packed, and in most cases removed their batteries.
A victim, Mrs. Oweh Ureghe whose car was stolen told our reporter “I packed my car, Toyota Camry outside the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, opposite Site Two of the university, and went into the church for morning mass, I returned, I did not see my car again, and I raised the alarm before reporting to the police”
Reacting to the development, a former President general of Oruariviw Abraka kingdom, Chief Tedwins Emudainohwo condemned the trend in strong terms, adding it as unfortunate had the height of wickedness.
Sources said in most cases, car owners are robbed at gun points and their cars taken away from them by these robbers.
The police had last weekend declared war against car snatchers, especially armed hoodlums, and introduced plain clothes policeman as Anti-robbery patrol man, Mr. Mustafa Muhammed the police commissioner in Delta State who made this known, said the measures would reduce the increasing rate of car snatching in the state.