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Driver steals car on 1st day of work, rushes to church for testimony

The suspect confessed to having taken the car to his church to give testimony of God’s miraculous provision.

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Driver steals car on 1st day of work, rushes to church for testimony

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Amos Daniel, a 36-year-old man, for stealing his employer’s vehicle, the first day he was employed as a driver.

The suspect confessed to having taken the car to his church to give testimony of God’s miraculous provision.

Speaking with journalists, the arrested driver, Daniel, said, “I stole my madam’s Lexus car and took it to the church to testify that God has blessed me.

“My intention was to use it for Uber and use the proceeds to pay my debt. I stole the car on June 23, 2024, the very first day I was employed, and I took it to church on June 30, 2024.”

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Similarly, two dismissed soldiers, Akeem Suleiman, Abdulau Mohammed, and two civilian members of a robbery gang, were paraded among other suspects for allegedly carrying out operations wearing military head gears.

Recovered from the dismissed soldiers were the military headgears, uniform, and identity cards.

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The command also paraded 25-year-old Thankgod Kesh-David, who posed as a roadside mechanic to effect repairs on broken-down vehicles, only to disappear with them.

Briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Ikeja, the spokesman for the command, SP Benjamin Hudenyin, said, “We have successfully arrested a robbery gang through our tactical team based in Surulere.

“The four-man gang specialised in snatching vehicles at gunpoint from motorists in Lagos.

“They have been operating for quite a long time. Two of them are dismissed soldiers, one was dismissed in 2014 and the other in 2017.

“They carried out their crimes wearing full military gear.

“We also have somebody who was employed as a driver.

“Unfortunately, the employer did not do due diligence because the same day the suspect resumed as a driver, he ran away with the car and could not be traced.

“Interestingly, he dedicated the car in church the following Sunday, testifying of what God has done to him.

The command’s spokesman advised that due diligence should be exercised when employing a driver or domestic staff, and that they should be taken to the Central Criminal Registry at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon, and the forensic unit before employment.

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One of the dismissed soldiers, Akeem Suleiman, who claimed he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2017 for desertion, told journalists that, “I started robbery in April 2024.

“Anytime we steal a car, I drive it to the receiver’s place. We steal cars randomly. If we see anyone parked and wound down, we drag them out and zoom off in the car. We operate in the Ajah area of Lagos, with a local gun. But we have never killed our victims,” he said.

The police command said the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

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