Lagos car wash employee arrested in Ogun after absconding with customer’s car

A car wash employee, Kazeem Olanrewaju, has been arrested for absconding with a Toyota Venza car with registration number APP 775 GB given to him to wash.

Olanrewaju was arrested by men of the Ogun state police command who were in on routine patrol in Idiroko area of the state.

The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest in a statement said the suspect was arrested, when the DPO Idiroko division CSP Shadrach Oriloye was on routine patrol with his men and sighted the Venza car without a number plate, driven in a suspicious manner.

Oyeyemi added that the suspect was flagged down but instead of him stopping, he drove  away.

The police operatives chased and arrested after which the car searched and it was discovered that the number plate of the vehicle was removed and kept in the car.

The statement read in part “On interrogation, he confessed that he was working with a car wash in Festac town Lagos State, and he was given the car by a customer to wash while the owner went to a nearby barbing salon to have his hair cut.

“Before the arrival of the owner of the car, the suspect who was in possession of the car key ran away with the car. He was on his way to the neighbouring Benin republic with the car when he was caught by the DPO and his men.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the case was reported at Festac town police station by the owner of the car and the station has been on lookout for possible recovery of the car. The station has since been informed of the recovery.”

The Police spokesman disclosed that the state’s commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered a thorough investigation into the past activities of the suspect before handing him over to Lagos State Police Command for prosecution.


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