The police in Ogun State have arrested two Beninoise for allegedly operating a warehouse for stolen goods at Daguja Village, along Sagamu/Papalanto Road in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
The police said that Somabe Romai and Yahaya Konie had been running the illegal warehouse where they stocked some of the goods stolen from trucks hijacked along the major highways within the state and beyond.
The Point correspondent gathered that the two suspects were arrested when policemen attached to the Owode Egba Division of the Command, who were investigating a case of a hijacked truck loaded with 2,800 cartons of Maggi, tracked the vehicle to the illegal warehouse.
The truck, with registration number SME 410 XG, was hijacked last Wednesday at Alapako along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the arrest of the foreign nationals, stated that many goods suspected to have been stolen from hijacked trucks along the expressway were also recovered from the warehouse.
Adejobi, a deputy superintendent of police, added that one Opel Omega car with registration number LAGOS KTU 125 AC and the hijacked truck were recovered from the suspects.
The police spokesman said, “The command has recorded many cases of truck hijacking along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway,which has become a worry to the command over time. But the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali ordered his Divisional Police Officers and concerned operation officers to go after the hoodlums and stop truck hijacking on the major highways in Ogun.”
The PPRO also said that Ali had directed that the case be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for proper investigation and arrest of other members of the syndicate.