The police in Niger State have intercepted a gang of suspected truck thieves along the Sabo Wuse Road in the Tafa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects – Samson Audu, 32; Philip Amodu, 25; Safiu Amisu, 29; and Ismaila Aburata, 27 – allegedly stole a truck in Lagos and brought it to Niger State where they planned to dispose of it.
Northern City News gathered that the suspects successfully stole the yellow Iveco truck, with registration number Lagos KTU 422 XP, belonging to Sinoma Kun-Shan Chinese Company in Lagos.
According to the police, the driver of the truck, Umar Haruna, intended to sell the stolen truck for N3m.
One of the suspects, Audu, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the truck driver, who was still at large, masterminded the theft.
Audu said, “Haruna convinced us to look for someone who will buy the truck for N3m so that we can share the money, but we found ourselves in the police net.
“Haruna will be in a better position to explain where he got the truck; our part was to look for a buyer and take our own commission. We have been in this business for some time – this is not the first time people would be bringing vehicles to us to get a buyer.”
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, explained that the suspects confessed to conspiring with Haruna to perpetrate the act.
Abubakar said police operatives had recovered the truck, adding that efforts were in progress to arrest Haruna and charge the suspects to court.