Naval Officer Arrested For Car Theft Blames Friend
A naval rating, Samuel Eze, has been nabbed for alleged car snatching in Edo State.Eze, 24, said he was serving with the Navy in Delta State.
He was paraded with a four-man robbery gang, which allegedly specialised in snatching cars and selling them in Abuja.
Eze claimed he did not belong to the gang but only helped them to escort a Hilux van to Abuja, after which he was given N100,000,The Nation reports .He said it was a colleague, Kanu Henry, who asked him to escort the vehicle to Abuja.The suspect said:
“I didn’t join the gang. I was on break when a colleague of mine called me to escort a vehicle to Abuja. I didn’t know it was a stolen vehicle. I got to Abuja before I knew it was a stolen vehicle. I just asked the Alhaji to give me my transport fare and I went back to Benin City.
“I could not go to the police because there was nothing I could do. My colleague negotiated the share and I was given N100,000. I came to Benin to collect uniform that was sent to me from Lagos. One of the boys called me and I went to see him, but I didn’t know police were with him. I earn N76,000 monthly. I’m not married. I blame my friend for this.”
One of the gang members, Elvis Friday, said he did not know how Eze was called to help the gang escort the vehicle to Abuja.He said they were yet to share the money before they were nabbed.
His words: “I don’t know the naval rating. It was Peter who knows him. I don’t know how Peter negotiated with him. It was Peter that brought the guns we used in Makurdi.”
Police Commissioner Haliru Gwandu said the suspects would soon be arraigned.